After a bouquet of very ripe fruit and spices, on the palate this is an ample, fleshy and suave wine. The long finish brings respectable freshness. The absolute must of the entire appellation!
- Vintage : Les Glorieuses
- Year : 2013
- Appellation : AOP Languedoc - Pic Saint Loup
- Colour : Red
- Grape types : 50 % Grenache, 50 % Syrah
- Soil : chalky-clay
- Harvest : manual
- Type of viticulture : biodynamic
- Contenance : 75cl
- Appearance : dark garnet
- Nose : ample, fleshy and long
- Mouth : structured, complex and long
- Serving temperature : 16-18°C
- Cellaring : 10 to 15 years
- Drink from : 2018
- Winemaking process : partial de-stemming and long vatting
- Maturation : in half hogsheads and oak barrels
- Food-matching : tournedos steak with woodland mushrooms, duck in honey
Since 1995, Christophe Peyrus and Françoise Julien have experimented non-stop to master all the nuances of the terroirs on their 20-hectare estate. The result: a range of biodynamic wines with a level a quality that surpasses the standards of the appellation by a long way.
This is the wine-growing area that has made the greatest progress in terms of quality over the past 30 to 40 years, morphing from coarse reds into a multitude of quality wines with very distinctive characteristics. For some time now, the whites have also kept pace with the reds.
There are 245,000 hectares of vineyards, producing 1,245,000 hl of wine, mainly reds.
The region is situated between the Massif Central, the Corbières and the Mediterranean, covering a wide range of ‘terroirs’ and appellations. There’s shale, sandstone, pebbles, limestone and alluvial deposits.
The climate is very much mediterranean, with hot summers and irregular and poorly distributed rainfall.
The grape types currently planted, apart from carignan, often date from after the Second World War, in line with the subsoil. This makes for complex, exciting wines.
Reflecting this dynamism, many of the vignerons produce wines that are non-AOC (vins de pays, table wines, etc.) as they keep on searching for quality and originality.
The Languedoc has 11 AOCs, the main ones of which are Coteaux du Languedoc, Saint-Chinian, Faugères, Minervois, Minervois-la-Livinière, Fitou, Corbières, Limoux and so on.
- 2011: good year for whites, which are well-balanced and fresh. The reds are more even.
- 2012: the reds are mature and fresh, with lower alcohol content. The whites are fresh and fragrant.
- 2013: the finest vintage since 1998. The reds display freshness, quality tannins and fragrant finesse. The whites blend good balance with maturity and acidity.
- 2014: fresh, tender reds to be drunk young. Tonic, aromatic and fresh whites.