Domaine de l'Hortus "Grande Cuvée" red

The ‘Grande Cuvée’ wines, red and white, have their roots in the property’s loveliest land, where water supply is the most reliable. The land parcels benefit from the best weather conditions and the soils both drain well and are sufficiently deep to ensure water reserves protect the vines from summer drought. This results in homogenous maturity with the grapes developing an excellent balance between the quality of the tannins, acidity and aromas. These qualities mean more concentrated work with the grapes (long maceration) and the wine (long maturing in casks).

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Appellation :

Terroir :

land parcels on mid-slope. Brown soil formed from limestone scree dating from the Cretaceous period. Hill slopes varying from 10 to 30% at altitudes from 150 – 300 metres.

Grape varieties :

Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah.

Yields :

25 – 30hl/ha for land parcels with a density of between 4000 and 7150 plants per hectare.

Vinification :

Grapes are de-stemmed and crushed. 25-30 days in vats.

Maturing :

6 months in vats before initial blending then 12 months in 225 and 400 litre oak casks. These can be new, or of 1 or 2 wines.

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