| | Esprit 2006
Name of wine : L'esprit de la Bastide aux Oliviers.
Appellation : Coteaux du Languedoc - Terrasses du Larzac.
Vintage : 2007 - 2006.
Colour : Red.
Grenache : 16%.
Syrah : 28%
Cinsault : 12%
Carignan : 32%
Mourvèdre : 12 %
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.
Yield2006 : 31 hectos hectare.
Number of bottles6600 in 75 cl.
Harvestingmanual with variant selection. Grape harvested at optimal maturity after tasting the fruit
Winemakingde-stemming without crushing, rack-and-return or hand-plunging every day, pumping over with aeration or daily micro-oxygenation, temperature-controlled, three-week maceration, draining off and the first pressings are added after settling.
Barrel AgeingOn the fine lees for 12 months in new barriques, and also second and third-fill barrels, in European oak. In winter, we do "batonnage" (lees stirring) once a week then fortnightly in spring. An initial blend is put together before moving the wine into barriques ; this is finalised after we take the wines out of cask. Date of bottling : February 2008 using Nomacorc.
Tastingthis wine's character comes from ageing very ripe-picked grapes in barrel. Over the years, this wine will develop even more complex and intricate aromas.
Appearance : deep dark colour lit up by hints of violet. Very full-bodied, clinging to the glass.
Nose : big intense nose with black cherry and pureed blackcurrant notes, spiced up with black pepper and clove tones.
Taste : silky yet powerful mouth-feel. Its black fruit flavours are enhanced by a touch of liquorice.
We suggest you serve this wine at about 17 degrees Celsius.
The best food to go with this wine : grilled lamb chops with wild herbs.
Gold medal au concours des vins primés sur le terroir 2008
90 in le guide Gilbert et Gaillard 2010
Bronze medal Decanter 2008
16,5/20 in Vins et Terroirs Authentiques d'avril 2009.