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St Chinian AC 2014, L’Ivresse des Cimes
  • 23. St Chinian AC 2014, L’Ivresse des Cimes

    Domaine des Terres Falmet

    40% Mourvèdre, 30% Syrah, 30% Grenache (13.5% alc.)

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    From a steep hillside vineyard in the Montagne Noire, this comes from 40 year old vines, and is minerally, spicy and tobaccoey. In our view Saint-Chinian is one of the finest appellations of Languedoc, and this is a really good example. For drinking now to 2019.

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Winemaker
Yves Falmet who originates from the Aube in Champagne. Qualified oenologue. Worked in California, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary and France to gain winemaking and vineyard experience. Domaine des Terres Falmet
Location
Creissan
Size of domaine
25 hectares in one plot
Grape
40% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 30% Syrah. 60 years average.
Terroir
45° steep slopes facing north-west on the southern edge of the Montagne Noire. Clayey limestone – lots of stones, alkali soil.
Viticulture
Syrah trained on wires – all other vines in gobelet formation. ‘Lutte integré’ viticulture. Debud, vendanges en vert only if necessary. Manual harvest. No herbicides or pesticides used.
Vinification
100% destalked. Traditional vinification. Pumped over 3 times a day for 1st week, 1 month’s cuvaison in cement tanks. 2001 was first vintage he bottled and sold St Chinian. Aged in cement. Unfined and unfiltered. Bottled after 20 months. Carafing recommended.
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