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Lou Maset Rouge Domaine d'Aupilhac 2016/17

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One Line Description Les Servieres Domaine d'Aupilhac, old vine cinsault, biodynamic, delicious.
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country France French
Region Languedoc, France
Producer Domaine d'Aupilhac
Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Blend 100% Cinsault
Alcohol 14.5%
Terroir Named after the wild civet cat or lynx now extinct in the area.The vines, planted over a century ago in 1900, face south-east and grow on hillside terraces where their roots plunge deep into the hard marl and clay/limestone soil.
Maturation 9 months in small casks.
Production Detail Organic


Lou Maset Rouge Domaine d'Aupilhac, old vine cinsault, biodynamic, delicious. Lou Maset Rouge Domaine d'Aupilhac is made from 100% Cinsault vines planted over a hundred years ago on south east facing hillside terraces where their roots plunge deep into the hard marl and clay-limestone soil. The wine is vinified on the lees for seven days and then is matured for nine months in small oak casks. The aromas remind one of Pinot Noir – floral notes with a hint of confiture. The nose is dominated by sharp red fruits (redcurrants, cherries, bitter orange) and in the mouth the wine is fresh and aromatic with an attractive finish. This savoury wine has several gastronomic buddies: try it with grilled quails with cherries (when your feeling creative in the kitchen), or pot au feu, or chicken with tarragon or even lightly chilled on its own with a little charcuterie.

The Fadat family have been growing grapes for over 5 generations. Their naturally farmed vineyards are situated in four separate plots. A large part of the vines grow on south-west facing terraces on a site named Aupilhac. They’re mainly Mourvèdre and Carignan, but some Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault grow here too. Another part of the vineyard is the north-west facing Les Cocalières at an altitude of some 350m (1150ft) where Syrah predominates, though Mourvèdre and Grenache grow here too. The most northerly facing part is planted with the four white grapes recognised by the Coteaux du Languedoc: Roussanne, Marsanne, white Grenache and Rolle (Vermentino). Finally, the 'Plôs de Baumes' at Aniane, consists of terraces made up of gravel washed down by the Hérault river; it was owned by Sylvain’s maternal grandfather, Marcel Baumes, and so is named in his memory. These are delicious natural wines of great character. The Fadat family mantra is the same as many natural vignerons; 'We believe that work in the vineyards has far more influence on a wine’s quality than what we do in the cave'.

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