AOP Red - Fitou
Between Mediterranean sea and the Massif des Corbières , in the Aude province , the Fitou vineyards are planted on one of the most diverse terroirs of all vineyards in France .A diversity of soils that grant such a beautiful complexity to the wines from this appellation , perfect media of expression for the various grape varieties which are part of the blends . Besides the perfect combination of resistant grape varieties and soils suited to quality making , the mediterranean climate is a real gift from Mother Nature that crafts , protects and makesthe vineyard even prettier .
For some 15 years , lab analysis of various soils of the appellation area have allowed technicians to characterize each parcel , according to the type of soil : in consequence , the winegrower will plant the best suited grape variety , giving priority to Carignan and Grenache on hillsides , keeping the Syrah for the deeper soils , less sensitive to the drought .As far as the Mourvèdre is concerned , warmer sectors closer to the sea will be perfect for it .If you come across limestone , marls and schists in all 25 subzones of the Fitou , more than 22 different soils are characteristic of the area , ensuring an exceptional richness and facilitating a wide variety of expressions : fine alluvial deposits and colluvium , hard and dolomitic limestone , molassic limestone ...From the sea front to vineyards in altitude ( up to 450 meters ) , these soils have in common stoniness and shallow depths - This favours naturally controlled yields .
Under sea or altitude influence , the Fitou terroir benefits a good temperature range between night and dday ,ensuring the best possible maturing of the grapes .The appellation can therefore boast micro climates that , combined with different soils , allow the 4 emblematic grape varieties to express themselves in various ways : serious assets that make the complexity and the richness of the Aoc Fitou .
Fitou is a complex and skillful blend of mainly Carignan and Grencahe , balanced by Syrah and Mourvèdre .The proportions are defined by each winegrower or winemaker in order to achieve the best expression of the terroir , a style of wine , a profile of the vintage .However , Carignan and Grenache must represent at least 60 % of the blend in order to maintain the authentic identity of Fitou .
Two vinification processes influence the style of the Aoc Fitou : the most common and traditional implies the crushing of grapes , or with a full or partial destalking , the maceration with full bunches .
Generally , the winegrowers from Fitou combine the 2 methods to get fruity , full bodied and soft wines .Another characteritic of the cru : ageing in oak barrels is traditionnally used for numerous great cuvées .
- 2 300 hectares
- 215 producers
- 3 Cooperative cellars
- 35 Independant cellars
- 32 hectoliters/hectare
- 75 000 hl
- Export : 40%
- France : 60% of which 55% to supermarkets, 27% to On-Trade / vente directe
The range at Sud Tendances Diffusion
1-Domaine Clos Padulis
Blend of Carigan -Syrah -Grenache Noir .
Last edited: 2021-10-06