Brothers Yves and Hugues Ricome have been grape growers on this 50 hectare estate in Montagnac for the last 30 years, but only started bottling their wines in 2005, having built a new cellar the year before...
The warm days during the growing season results in ripe, flavoursome grapes, while the moderating influence of the nearby Mediterranean ensures that the grapes’ delicate perfumes are retained. Yves’ daughter Anaïs spent considerable time in New Zealand, working as assistant winemaker for both Saint Clair and Craggy Range, before returning to take up the reins at La Croix Gratiot. All three wines are sealed under Stelvin to retain the fresh aromas.
The Pinot Noir grapes for this wine are grown on the clay and limestone soils of the Croix Gratiot vineyard, situated in the commune of Montagnac in the Coteaux du Languedoc. The sea breezes temper the warm Mediterranean climate, allowing the grapes to reach optimum maturity while lifting the aromatics of the wine.
August experienced warm days and cool nights which were very conducive to good maturation of the fruit. Harvest was almost 10 days earlier than in other years as the grapes were already ripe. This meant fruit was harvested in a healthy condition and produced wines with excellent weight and texture.
All the grapes for this wine were hand picked. At the winery, fermentation took place in open top fermenters for fifteen days with extraction of colour and tannins being achieved by pumping over daily. The wine was then aged for eight months in old barriques.
Ruby color. The nose is aromatic and elegant with floral notes of rose and violet, red cherries and a hint of spice. The palate is full bodied with fine, silky tannins.
100% Pinot Noir
|Region||Eastern Languedoc, Languedoc|
|Consultant Winemaker||Yves Ricome|
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