Terroir and grape varieties

Since antiquity, Romans, and firstly Greeks understood and saw the asset of this terroir. The clay-limestone and gravel rocky soils are elaborated with Mediterranean influence.

This exceptionally sunny climate, harsh in the winter, hot and dry in the summer, frequently rocked by sea winds and the cers, permits to dry the vines and to prevent them from the diseases.

In this suitable environment for the culture of the vine, you could find our various grape varieties: Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Caladoc and Pinot Noir for the red and rosé wines, Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat with small grapes for the white wines.

Which grape variety for which aromas ?

Here is a lexicon of the grape varieties that we cultivate, it will guide you, according to your tastes.

Merlot : Easiness of adaptation. It does not oxidize. This grape variety gives roundness and supple tannins when it is blended with Cabernet-Sauvignon.

Cabernet Sauvignon : Green pepper and herbaceous specific aromas. Mint and eucalyptus aromas. It does not resist well to powdery mildew (disease, fungus favoured by wide temperature fluctuations between day and night). But it is particularly resistant to greymold. It is a guarantee for excellent long-keeping wines and it is rich in polyphenols, making it less sensitive to oxidation.

Caladoc : Very resistant, it is interesting for the production of fruity wines. It provides beautiful strong colours with wonderful garnet-red reflections.

Pinot noir : Very rich in phenolic compounds (tannin and colour). It does not resist well to diseases but produces very good wines in Languedoc. Fine and elegant wines.

Syrah : Typical aromas of violet. As rosé, it gives gleaming, aromatic, fine and extremely fruity wines.

Chardonnay : Very sensitive to diseases. Chardonnay has strong and complex aromas such as fresh or dry fruits, and even floral fragrances. The barrel largely contributes to fat and buttery aromas.

Sauvignon : The driest of our white wines, it contains aromas of broom, fennel and citrus fruits. Perfect for your fish and crustaceans.

Viognier : Produces fine and great quality wines. Fat and smooth wine, with floral notes. It is sensitive to oxidation so, drink it young.

Muscat with small grapes : It is the oldest grape variety which comes from Greece and borders the Mediterranean region. High sugar content and beautiful balance with acidity. Perfect with liquorous, aromatic explosion and musquy fragrance.