Aoc Rosé - St Chinian
Located to the northwest of Béziers in the Hérault Province , down the Massif du Caroux and l'Espinouse , it gathers 20 villages .
The terroir from St Chinian is divided into 2 parts by the Orb and Vernazobres rivers . In the Norh , schists and sandstones represent more than 90 % of the soil volume from 40 cms deep and under . This type of very acidic soil does not hold water much and the vine has got to adapt to great droughts .In the South , the sea left deposits of limestone in the secondary era that mingled with bauxite and clay .You can see several small plateaus with very thin layers of ground compelling the vines to go deeper to get their nutrients .
Typically mediterranean .Average annual temperatture : 14°C
Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault, Lladoner Pelut for reds and rosés. For the whites 4 main grape varieties Grenache blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Rolle and 5 additional grape varieties : Viognier, carignan blanc, maccabeu, clairette and bourboulenc.
Red: traditional fermentation or carbonic maceration . Rosé : bleeding , draining or direct pressing methods . White : direct pressing .
- 3 100 hectares
- 100 Independant cellars
- 8 Cooperative cellars (gathering around 270 producers)
- 110 000 hl : 4th biggest appellation of the Languedoc
Breakout by color
- 82% reds, 14% rosés, 4% Whites
- Off -Trade ( mainly supermarkets ) : 35%
- Export: 21%
- Direct Sales : 37%
- On-trade : 7%
1-Domaine des Terres Falmet
2-Domaine des Cimes
Last edited: 2018-08-13