AOP Saint-Chinian Rouge

In the heart of Saint-Chinian appellation in Languedoc, Saint-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.
“Les Confidentielles” come from our most qualitative plots. These white and red cuvees look like little glowing stars that glance for the pleasure of our eyes and palate.

The vines

Varieties: Trio blending of Syrah mainly for its structure and spicy aromas, Grenache for its roundness and fruity characters of crushed strawberries and a hint of Mourvèdre for its powerfulness and aromas of black fruits and truffles structuring the final of this blend. All grapes of this cuvee are coming from our oldest vines.
Terroir : On the Schistous and limestone-clay valleys
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 : <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 at optimum maturity.
Vinification: Total destemming of the grapes. Traditional vinification with an extended soak minimum (3 weeks) at 20/25°C for a slow and delicate extraction of tannins and obtention of a beautiful structure Then wines are racked at the end of the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations
Ageing: The wine is then aged in vats for 18 months. Fining if necessary and light filtration on earth before bottling.
14,5 % Alc. /Vol.

Tasting notes

Clear and bright, with a deep garnet color, the color change from the center to the edge presenting subtle ruby hues.
Nose is immediately both full scented and complex. On the first nose some violets, blackberries, cherries aromas are present. After aeration, the stronger notes of chocolate, truffles and liquorice appear.
On the first palate, despite a good attack clear and powerful, we feel a certain roundness. We feel underlying and pleasant tannins coating the side of the mouth. The length is interesting and made enjoyable by the amplitude of the wine due to our sunny climate in Languedoc. A beautiful balance and harmony for this blending in trio (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre). Over the years, this wine will become even more fleshy, silky and elegant


Best served at 16-18°C
Ageing potential: Drinkable now but needs 1-2 years to give its best. Great potential, will improve with age (5-10 years in your cellar)

Food pairing

Ideal with red meats it will show itself in all simplicity but it can also seduce you with more sophisticated and flavorful dishes in sauces such as “Stroganoff beef” and wild rice. Or simply with Saint-Nectaire cheese.


6 Burgundy bottles (75 cl) card box and protective tray pad
Natural cork. High density aluminium complex capsule.

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