Intense yet well-balanced, elegant Grenache-dominated wine from the Terrasse du Larzac.
|Appellation||Coteaux du Languedoc|
|Winery||Domaine du Pas de l'Escalette|
|Varietal(s)||50% Grenache, 30% Carignan, 20% Syrah|
|Inventory||Very Low Stock (10)|
There is an interesting, light nose with a mixture of red fruits and delicate floral aromas. In the mouth the floral fuit of violet is dominant. The flavors are light in weight, effortlessly going down ones throat all the way to the perfumed finish with a touch of tartness. With air there are high-toned raspberry flavors, a saline quality, and stone dust that turns focused in the finish with tart flavors, fine tannins, and salivating acidity.
Cepes mushrooms and spanish ham ‘pata negra’, veal with parmesan cheese and lamb tajine.
Clay-Limestone. 350m high terraces supported by clapas, as dry stone walls are known locally.
Organic farming. Soils are worked. Hand harvest.
Total Destemming. Fermentation in large wooden “tronconique” vats. Aged one year in large wooden vats.
Le Pas de l’Escalette is the historic trail linking the Mediterranean plain to the high Larzac plateau. Sandwiched between the warming Mediterranean and the cooling northern mountains, Larzac is blessed with an ideal mesoclimate for indigenous grapes Carignan, Grenache and Syrah. That makes for a longer, tempered ripening season and grapes that retain their balance and acidity. Julien Zernott and Delphine Rousseau acquired this estate in 2003. He was well established in the Loire Valley as a consulting oenologist. Julien and Delphine farm old stone terrasses the right way. They work by hand, avoid chemicals in favour of plant-based vine treatments. They farm in limestone-rich north-facing vineyards that permit the crafting of wines with a degree of freshness to complement their Mediterranean warmth. Equal to the rugged terrain and dramatic scenery, the wines of Pas de L’Escalette are elegant, rounded and well balanced. They display wonderfully fresh and fragrant savoury aromatics.