COMBE LONGUE CUVEE
AOP Saint-Chinian Blanc
In the heart of Saint-Chinian appellation in Languedoc, ST Cels is more than a vineyard. It is a “family story”
With its 80 ha it enjoys an exceptional terroir. Nature offers us all the components necessary for a fabulous alchemy.
A diversity of soils: schistous hillsides, limestone-clay valleys around Castelbouze, and rolled pebbles along the rivers of Touloubre and Vernazobre. A priviledged Mediterranean climate, hot and dry summers, tempered by the freshness of the nights. This large thermal amplitude favours an optimum maturation The Tramontane, a dry and cold north wind naturally maintains healthy vines
“Combe Longue” is a reference to a small valley of 3 hectares planted in 1992 on hillside of limestone-clay soils. This valley is only planted with white grape varieties.
Varieties: Trio blending of Grenache for its floral aromas of white flowers, Roussanne for its delicacy leaving notes of dried fruits on the final and Vermentino to bring a touch of freshness and elegance.
Terroir : Combe Longue valley is mainly composed of limestone-clay.
Culture : Sustainable practices we are currently under organic conversion process. Composted pomace amendment, crushed canes, ploughing, trellising to guarantee optimal sun exposure , cordon de Royat pruning with 2 buds. Meticulous and daily work in the vineyards allows us to obtain high-quality grapes healthy and ripe.
The average age of the vines is 25 years
Yield : <45 hl / ha
Harvest : The different grape varieties are vinified separately to respect the individual characteristics of each grape variety, and capture the best balance of our terroir. The grapes are harvested when they have reached an optimal maturity. Harvest at sunrise to enjoy the morning freshness to preserve the aromas.
Vinification: Total destemming of the grapes, direct and slow pressing. Must settling and fermentation in vats under temperature control (16°C) at least 2 weeks.
Ageing: stirring on fine lees in vat 5-6 months. Light filtration on earth after accurate fining before bottling.
13,5 % Alc. /Vol.
Clear, star bright, pale yellow with silver hues. The first nose is enticing and delicate with dominant notes of citrus and particularly clementine. After aeration spicy notes of bergamot give an original touch to this wine however characterized by a great finesse.
Lovely mouthfeel on entry of palate, smooth flavours evoking the sunny hillsides of Combe-Longue. The fruity and spicy sensations of the nose are perfectly rediscovered. The result is delightful , charming , opulent yet lifted by a nice acidity
Best served chilled (10-12°C)
Ageing potential: ready to drink now or within 2-3 years
Ideal with white fish fillets cooked on one side and small vegetables or a forest risotto with its parmesan crispy chips.
6 Bordeaux bottles (75 cl) card box and protective tray pad
Neutrocork Premium. High density aluminium complex capsule.
Alcohol abuse is dangerous for health. To consume with moderation.