AOP Saint-Chinian Rouge

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
This « Grand Travers » cuvee is dedicated to Henri our grandfather who planted the old Carignan vine in 1975.

The vines

Varieties: Complex Quartet blending of Carignan for its wild character, with rough tannins and acidity associated with Grenache for its warmness and sweetness, Syrah for its fruity and spicy aromas and a hint of Mourvèdre for its powerfulness to structure the wine.
Terroir : On schistous hillsides and limestone-clay valleys
Vine management : 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, healthy and ripe grapes .
The average age of the vines is 25 years
Yield : <40 hl / ha

The cellar

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.
Vinification: Total destemming of the grapes. Traditional vinification with a soak period of 2 weeks minimum at 20/25°C. Frequent pumping over during the first week of the fermentation. Then the wines are racked at the end of the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations
Ageing: 6-8 months in stainless steel vats and bottling during the following spring. No fining and light filtration on earth.
14,5 % Alc. /Vol.

Tasting notes

Clear and star bright, with a deep ruby color enhanced with purple red hues.
The Nose is immediately welcoming and intense showing complexity. The quartet of grape varieties from Saint-Chinian, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Carignan is expressed on notes of fresh black fruits such as blackcurrant. After aeration typical “garrigue” notes , black olives and a liquorice edge typical of our terroir appear. Good Attack, mouthfilling wine with good weight. The blackcurrant aromas persist on the first mouth, followed by black olive notes in mid-mouth, then “garrigue” flavours pop up backed up by noticeable well rounded tannins leading to a well- balanced long-lasting finish.


Best served at 14-16°C
Ageing potential: Drinkable now but will improve over time. Can be cellared for 4-7 years.

Food Pairing

“Grand Travers” a polished drinking wine. This wine will match perfectly with grilled lamb chops and gratin “Dauphinois” and wild mushrooms pie, Jura’s Comté cheese with its sesame crackers.


6 Bordeaux bottles (75 cl) card box and protective tray pad
Neutrocork Premium . High density aluminium complex capsule.

L’abus d’alcool est dangereux pour la santé. A consommer avec modération.