The fresh terroirs of Terrasses du Larzac allow Alain to produce such an elegant and fine Grenache-based wine.
|Appellation||Coteaux du Languedoc|
|Winery||Domaine Alain Chabanon|
|Varietal(s)||Grenache (88%), syrah (8%), mourvedre (4%)|
|Inventory||In Stock (58)|
Deep garnet red with intense aromas of cherries in brandy, lavender and wild thyme. Very smooth with soft tannins, clean yet fruity with distinct flavours of damsons, liquorice and hints of spice. A very elegant wine.
Gratin dauphinois, poultry in pepper and tomato sauce, roast game birds, lightly spiced creamy curries and Oriental dishes.
Arid, stony (small stones) clay/limestone soil.
Biodynamic farming. The soil is cleared and turned over. Gobelet pruning. Hand harvest in the morning.
Traditional vinification with alternating cap immersion and juice circulation. Five weeks’ maceration in stainless steel vats. Ageing 36 months in stainless steel vats.
The estate was created in 1992, start to be organic in 2002 and biodynamic in 2011. Today there is 17 hectares of vines. In 26 years his production involved from 2.000 bottles to 55.000 bottles a year.
The parcels of vines totaling 17 hectares are evenly scattered around five villages. This configuration allows him to benefit from numerous microclimates and different types of soil.
“My vision of wine can be summed up in two words – finesse and elegance. I seek to make wines that are different, that have real personality.
Wines that can stand comparison with some of the best crus in the world, and can complement the finest cuisine.”
The entire vineyard is cultivated following biodynamic principles. The earth is simply ploughed, without recourse to herbicides, and our treatments shun the use of all synthetic chemical products.
The grapes are picked entirely by hand and only between the hours of 7.00am and midday to benefit from the cool of the morning.
The afternoons are devoted to grape sorting. This is an important operation which eliminates all undesirable elements and makes sure that only the healthiest grapes go into the vats, to guarantee the quality of this wine in the making.
Only indigenous yeast are used for the wine making process.
As the son of two teachers, nothing predisposed him to take on a vineyard and become a winegrower.
His very first grape harvest was at the age of 14 but he didn’t like it, his dream was to rear traditional cows from the area. It was with this in mind that he started studying agronomy in Bordeaux. And then work placements in the wine producing chateaux and some decisive encounters with their cellar-masters changed his point of view. He discovered that running a vineyard and winemaking could be absolutely fascinating.
After specializing in oenology he spent several years alongside winemakers of repute: Alain Brumont in Madiran, then in Corsica and finally as Director of a wine cooperative in the Gard.