A highly expressive, harmonious wine. Notes of spice, eucalpytus, mint and liquorice on the nose, followed by more complex, secondary aromas including juniper. Excellent freshness and balance, with fine tannins, small berry fruit and spice; this wine's character and personality bear testimony to its biodynamic origins.
Pic Saint Loup AOP Coteaux du Languedoc
30% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre ,10% Cinsault, 10% Carignan (40 year-old vines).
All vines are farmed according to biodynamic principles.
20 HL / Ha
Hard and soft limestone, conglomerate, dolomite rock, marl.
Grapes harvested by hand in small crates on September 11, 2013 at optimum ripeness, then transported to the winery in vibrating trailers. After destemming, 30% of the fruit is crushed, with the remainder used for semi carbonic maceration; grapes are vinified separately by variety and parcel. Fermentation takes place with natural yeasts, with pumping over at the onset of alcoholic fermentation, followed by punching down through to the end of the time in tank (22 days in concrete tanks, at 25°C). For the 2013 vintage, malolactic fermentation took place while the wine was maturing in barrel.
20 months in a 2000-litre wooden cask, with some wine put into barrel for a year. No filtration; minimal use of sulphur, to prevent oxidation during bottling.