Sophie Guiraudon

Clos de L’Anhel

VigneronSophie Guiraudon
LocationMontlaur (Aude)
Size of Domaine10 ha
TerroirMediterranean climate. Calcareous marl, limestone, sandstone, gravel on schist bedrock. Coteaux and terraces with various expositions. 220m altitude.
ViticultureCertified organic (Ecocert)
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Sophie Guiraudon started in 2000, having qualified as an oenologist in Toulouse where she worked as a consultant. Kicking off with 6ha she has gradually built up her holdings to 10ha of old vines in the higher limestone-based hills of Corbières (averaging 300m altitude, most vines planted on terraces).

A good friend of Hildegard Horat of La Grange de Quatre Sous and Marlène Soria of Peyre Rose, Sophie carries out almost all her work by hand, including trimming and pruning the vines and hoeing the soil around each vine. She is very keen on encouraging biodiversity, and so has planted 200 trees to encourage birdlife and bats, and in winter sheep are allowed to roam between the vines.

Sophie produces a number of reds and a rosé and has just 1ha of grenache blanc/gris for a white. She aims at yields of 30-35hh, destalks 100% and cuve ages the cuvée Terrassettes for nine months, not too long as she prefers to age her wine in bottle rather than bulk. Her wines have an exceptional purity of fruit, with notable salinity on the finish.

Clos de L’Anhel Wines

Clos de L’Anhel

Les Terrasettes
65% Carignan, 25% Syrah, 6% Grenache, 4% Mourvèdre (14% alc.)

Sophie Guiraudon farms her terraced smallholding of old vines organically on the higher limestone-based hills of the Corbières, near Lagrasse. She is particularly keen on the qualities of carignan, and from low yielding, hand harvested vines, destalked 100%, she makes this excellent cuve aged wine which she prefers to bottle early in June to retain all the fruit. It draws you in on the nose, with black fruits and a floral hint, offers dark raspberry, plum, spice and garrigue herbs on the palate, and is fresh and expressive on the finish with a saline hint.