| | 3 Naissances 2006
Name of wine : Les Trois Naissances (three birth, we have 3 children).
Appellation : Coteaux du Languedoc - Terrasses du Larzac.
Vintage : 2006 - 2005.
Colour : Red.
Syrah : 41%
Mourvèdre : 18 %
Grenache : 19%
Carignan : 14%
Cinsault : 8%
Syrah : 44%
Mourvèdre : 20 %
Grenache : 18%
Carignan : 12%
Cinsault : 6%
Soil Blend of grapes from two neighbouring, but quite distinct, regions. The first region is the north of Saint André de Sangonis, which is composed of cryoclastic limestone gravel in a sandy clay soil. The other region is south of Saint André de Sangonis, which is composed of a mixture of sand and pebbles established by Herault's river. Both qualitative soils are poor with good drainage.
Methods of cultureWe use sustainable winegrowing practices with the help of technical advisers. We do not use any fertilizers or herbicides. We produce compost that we spread in winter and we plough the soil between the vines using a mechanical device. One out of every two rows in the vineyard is grassed over. More information here.
Yield2006 : 23 hectos hectare - 2005 : 24 hectos hectare .
Number of bottles 4400 in 75 cl and 200 in 50 cl
Harvestingpicked by hand and sorted vine by vine. Grapes are picked at optimum ripeness after tasting the berries.
Winemaking"Vinification intégrale" 100% barrique-fermented, de-stemmed and crushed, the barriques are rolled over four times a day. Micro-oxygénation 2 to 5 times throughout the maceration stage depending on each barrel (oyygen), long maceration (5 weeks) and draining then the press wine is added back after settling.
Barrel ageing On the fine lees in the same barrels for 12 months. We only use new and second-fill barriques (made entirely from European oak) for this cuvee. We carry out judicious micro-oxygenation while ageing according to taste-profile. We stir up the lees once a week in winter and once a fortnight in spring.
Date of bottling May 2005 . Natural corks are used and bottles are lied down 48 hours to enable the cork to expand.
Tasting this wine's personality comes from being vinified totally in barriques, from very ripe-picked grapes. This winemaking technique helps the wine fully integrate with the wood. Over the years, this wine will develop even more complex and intricate aromas.
Appearance : very rich colour with crimson tones, clings nicely on the glass.
Nose : elegant lively nose showing black and red fruits blended with olive and lightly toasted liquorice, which will get more complex with ageing. -Taste : full-bodied, dense, fleshy and structured mouth-feel ; nice balance and velvety finish.
Appearance : deep colour, bright and clear, hints of mature roses with lovely thick texture.
Aroma : intense wild herbs on the nose, thyme and bay leaf with eucalyptus even developing into slightly smoky notes peppered with sweet red and black fruits.
Taste : up-front, rounded mouth-feel carried by nice tannins with a touch of underlining freshness and good length. The finish is lightly chocolatey yet minty too.
We suggest you serve this wine between 16 and 17 degrees Celsius.
The best food to go with this wine : subtly spicy red meat dishes.
"Coup de cur" Hachette's guide 2009
silver medal décanter 2008
bronze medal "concours Grand Vin du Languedoc 2008"
bronze medal "au concours des vignerons indépendants 2008"
89/100 in Gilbert et Gaillard's guide 2010
gold medal "Concours Général agricole 2007"
gold medal at "Concours des Vignerons Indépendants 2007 "
5 stars in Decanter's magazine of September 2008
sélectionned in millésimes 2005 of "la revue du vin de France"
Hachette's guide 2008 - Gilbert et Gaillard 2008
18/20 in "le guide Vins et Terroirs Authentiques 2009 »
silver medal at Wine Korean Challenge 2009
gold medal au concours des grands vins du Languedoc 2007
silver medal aux Vinalies Internationales 2007
Prix d'excellence aux Vinalies 2006
Médaille de bronze au Concours Général Agricole Paris 2006
Médaille d'Argent Mondial des vins de Bruxelles 2006
Médaille de Bronze à Décanter
Trophée Prestige Citadelles du vin 2006
Sceau de Qualité Internationale Canada 2007
Médaille d'argent des vins primés sur le terroir.
Vintage 2003 Gold medal from Concours Général Agricole Paris 2005
Silver medal from Mondial des Vins Bruxelles 2005
Prix des Vinalies 2005
Silver medal awarded in Brussels 2004
Silver medal "Vinalies Internationales Award 2004"
Selected among the best 2002 vintages in the "Revue des Vins de France"
Silver medal awarded in Montréal 2004