|2022||CG201B22||6 x 75||Screwcap||Available|
Owned by brothers Yves and Hugues Ricome for over 30 years, Domaine La Croix Gratiot covers 35 hectares in Montagnac. After years of selling to the local co-operative, Yves started bottling his own wine in 2005, buying his brother’s share of the domaine in 2009. His daughter Anaïs, who worked in New Zealand with Matt Thomson, is now in charge. She makes wonderfully pure, unoaked wines reflecting the potential of the local varieties.
Since 1996, the vineyards have been restructured and planted to varieties best suited to the soil and microclimate. They are currently under organic conversion. The Picpoul is grown on a chalky plateau, where maritime breezes help to cool the climate and provide ideal conditions for developing the variety’s aromatic compounds and lively acidity. The Picpoul de Pinet is expressive with pure stone fruit on the palate. Anaïs also makes a premium Picpoul de Pinet, ‘Bréchallune’, from selected vine parcels, fermented in ceramic amphorae and aged on its lees after fermentation to add texture and complexity. The ‘Désir Blanc’ is a harmonious blend of Chardonnay, Viognier, Roussanne and Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains. It has perfumed aromatics of bright stone fruit, a refreshing acidity and a long finish.
Unusually for this part of Southern France, the domaine produces an excellent Pinot Noir, ‘Les Zazous’. It is aromatic and elegant with notes of rose and violet, red cherries and a hint of spice. Made from 100% Syrah, the ‘Rouge Cerise’ undergoes a short maceration to produce a fresh wine with fragrant, pure red fruit.
The grapes for this wine grow close to the commune of Mèze on a chalky plateau. The proximity of the zone to the Mediterranean sea means cool maritime breezes moderate the climate, making it ideal for growing this white variety. The naturally high acidity is retained, resulting in a vibrant and refreshing wine.
The 2022 vintage in the Languedoc was characterised by mild weather conditions. Generous rainfall in March allowed for good water reserves in the soils. May saw above-average temperatures that prompted an early flowering. Summer was hot, meaning that careful management was needed in the vineyards to keep the fruit sunburn free and to avoid over concentration. Despite the challenges, by harvest the Picpoul grapes displayed a beautiful aromatic freshness and pronounced flavours.
The grapes were harvested at night to ensure they were cool when they arrived at the winery. This meant that the delicate fruit character was kept fresh before pressing, and the aromatic style of the wine was guaranteed. The wine was fermented and stored in stainless steel tanks which ensured no oxidation of the precious stone fruit character. A cool fermentation (around 15°C) also helped preserve the fruit purity. The wine rested on the fine lees for several months prior to bottling.
Tasting Notes & Technical Details
This Picpoul is a vibrant yellow in colour with youthful hues. On the nose are fresh aromas of citrus fruit such as lime and grapefruit. The palate is full but extremely well balanced, with fresh acidity and a mouthwatering, persistent finish.
Other wines from this producer
|Domaine La Croix Gratiot||`Les Zazous` Pinot Noir IGP Pays d'Hérault||CG206|
|`Bréchallune` Picpoul de Pinet||CG207|
|`Désir Blanc` IGP Pays d'Hérault||CG208|
|`Rouge Cerise` IGP Pays d'Hérault||CG209|