AOC Terrasses du Larzac: Domaine de Montcalmès Rouge 2016

"One of my favorite estates in the Languedoc."
Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate.
Bottle (Case)
Tasting Notes
Another coveted addition to our burgeoning Languedoc stable, this neighbour of Grange des Pères was established 20 years ago and encapsulates the joy of this region - rich, sun-kissed reds with hints of the surrounding garrigue.
About this wine
Style Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine Region Languedoc, Hérault
Grape Variety (Cépage) Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah
Organic Organic
Vintage 2016
Cellarage Drink 2019-2031.
Vinification Low yielding (20-25hl/ha) vines are vinified by individual grape variety using natural yeasts and undergo a 30-day maceration, prior to a 24 month élévage in used oak barrels. The components are blended 2 months before being bottled without filtration under a waning moon.
Alcohol By Volume (%) 14.5

Domaine de Montcalmès

Frédéric Pourtalié and his father decided to create this estate in the hamlet of Montcalmès on the edge of the Massif Central, 30km north-west of Montpellier in 1998, a decade after neighbour Grange des Pères (with whom Frédéric trained, as well as chez Alain Graillot).

These days they produce only 4,000 cases from 22 hectares across four communes of the Terrasses de Larzac appellation - Puéchabon, Aniane, St Jean de Fos and St Saturnin de Lucian. Syrah and Grenache vines are planted on north-facing limestone soils, while the Mourvèdre faces south on pudding stones. The estate began a transition to organic farming in 2012 and the 2015 vintage will be certified as such.

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