Vineyards are situated in the heart of the le Clape Massif, a rocky outcrop just east of Narbonne not far from the Spanish border. Le Clape derives from the Occitan term for “pile of stones”, a suitable description as the vines grown on very stony soil with sandy silt deposits and porous limestone. Once an island, vineyards in the area benefit from maritime influences that temper the hot, Mediterranean climate.
30% Carignan, 30% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre.
Grapes are hand harvested at optimal ripeness and hand sorted upon arrival to the winery. Aged in both wooden (50%) and concrete (50%) vats.
Drink now and over the next 3 years.
The domaine is run by Jean-Paul Rosset alongside winemaker Cyril Chamontin and consultant Claude Gros, overseeing an estate that has gone from strength to strength in recent years. The focus is very much on quality production, including extensive replanting, de-mechanisation and restrained yields in the vineyard.
Made for nice hearty casseroles, also anything with a spicy, peppery edge including peppered steak and mild curry.