The terroir and the grape varieties
AOP Languedoc, AOP Muscat de Lunel, Terroir Saint-Christol, Terroir Grès de Montpellier, vin IGP...
Our terroir have in common, in varying proportions, the presence of rolled wheels, derived from the limestone of the Cevenol foothills or formed of quartzite and silica alpine. Far from being vulgar wheels, rolled wheels drain the soil in case of heavy rain (forming deep water reserves in which the roots draw in dry weather) and warm the vine quickly because they store heat during the day and restore it at night factors most conducive to optimal maturity and very qualitative grapes giving rich, powerful and well balanced wines.
The Languedoc Appellation, recently recognized in 2007, corresponds to the extension of the Coteaux du Languedoc Appellation. It extends along the Mediterranean littoral, from the Spanish border to the gates of Nimes and covers the vineyards of all the delimited areas of the Languedoc and the Roussillon Appellation.
Departments : Pyrénées-Orientales, Aude, Hérault et Gard
Surface : 10 000 Ha exploited
Black grape varieties : Syrah, Grenache noir, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault
White grape varieties: Grenache blanc, Clairette blanche, Bourboulenc, Piquepoul blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Rolle et Tourbat…
Wine colors: white, rosé and red
Languedoc Grès de Montpellier Appellation
The history of the vine in Montpellier dates back to the 5th century BC. This appellation, to the east and west of Montpellier, near the Black Mountain and the Cevenes foothill, has pebble grounds, called “sandstone” in Occitan and is protected from winds but under strong maritime influence. The wines, produced of relatively low altitude (100 to 200 meters) were already appreciated since the sixteenth century by Rabelais and his famous Pantagruel…
Delimitation: 46 municipalities
Surface: 1000 Ha
Grape varieties: Syrah, Grenache noir, mostly Mourvèdre (Carignan and Cinsault in complementary grape varieties.
Wine colors: Red only
Languedoc Saint-Christol Appellation
The vineyard in “Coteaux de Saint Christol”, ideally equipped with a large geological varieties, pledge of complexity, produces and very good grapes. It’s history dates back to the 12th century; highlighted by the prestigious “Hospitaliers de l’Ordre de Saint Jean de Jérusalem”, Saint Christol’s wine has a rare quality: it travels, aptitude and traditions wich will make it a renowned wine in America, Holland, Russia in the eighteen century.
Delimitation: 1 municipality (Saint Christol)
Grape varieties: Syrah, Grenache noir, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault in complementary grape varieties
Wine colors: Red and Rosé
Muscat de Lunel Appellation
Delimitation: 4 municipalities (Lunel, Lunel-Viel,Saturargues and Vérargues)
Surface : 321 Ha
Grape varieties : Muscat blanc à petit grains
Category of wine: Vin doux naturel
Protected geographical indication (IGP)
Created in 1968, the wines “de Pays”, which became, in 2009, Protected geographical indications, are wines of quality, blending or mono-varietals, presenting big variety of expression from local or non-local grape varieties and claimed, in Pays de Lunel, IGP Pays d’Oc or IGP Pays d’Hérault.