Thanks to the height and exposure of the vineyard, Cocalières wines avoid the heat trap of the vintage with aromas of fresh red fruit, spices and scrubland, which explode in a dense, smooth and remarkably balanced mouth.
- Vintage : Les Cocalières
- Year : 2015
- Appellation : AOC Languedoc Montpeyroux
- Colour : Red
- Grape types : 40 % Syrah, 30 % Grenache, 30 % Mourvèdre
- Soil : scrubland
- Harvest : manual
- Type of viticulture : biodynamic
- Contenance : 75cl
- Appearance : crimson red
- Nose : red fruit, spices
- Mouth : balanced, smooth and fresh
- Serving temperature : 16°C
- Cellaring : 7 to 10 years
- Drink from : 2017
- Winemaking process : maceration with pressing
- Maturation : 15 months in large casks and barrels
- Food-matching : squab with boletus mushrooms
5th-generation winemaker Sylvain Fadat took over the estate in 1989 before extending it to 22 hectares.
It has 2 different yet complementary terroirs, and each grape variety finds its finest expression there to make up an exemplary range.
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.