In the Languedoc, in the heart of the Cru La Livinière...

Capitelle de Centeilles, Minervois

Le Cinsault fut à l’origine des grands crus languedociens des XVIII° et XIX siècles. Plus tard devenu le mal-aimé parce que implanté n’importe où, ce cépage à l’adaptation si limitée a retrouvé ici, dans la force de l’âge, avec ses souches aux troncs puissants et aux bras étirés par les tailles successives, les qualités que la tradition lui reconnaissait jadis et qui l’avaient fait élire au milieu de nombreux autres cépages.  Un séduisant équilibre général qui évoque, dans ce qu’ils ont d’appétissant, les millésimes les plus réussis de Chiroubles ou de Juliénas, avec le surplus d’un je-ne-sais-quoi qui rappelle discrètement ses origines ensoleillées.

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Capitelle de Centeilles, Minervois

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Description

The siliceous pebbly soil, overlaying tertiary sandstone (Bartonian) which is more fissured here than elsewhere, reveals, through its hot and filtering qualities, ideally suited to “its” grape variety, the difficult Cinsault.

The Cinsault was the source of the great Languedoc crus of the XVIIIth and IXXth centuries.  It later fell out of favour because it was planted no matter where, but now, this grape variety with its very limited capacity to adapt has found here, in its prime, with its stocks with their powerful trunks and branches stretched out by successive pruning, the qualities that tradition once recognised in it and which made it stand out amongst many other grape varieties.

Destemmed, crushed, interminably macerated (eight weeks!) in open vats, with the marc cap trodden into the juice (‘pigé’) twenty to thirty times, at the end of this “obsessive” vatting it expresses all its fine pedigree.

Additional information

Weight 1.3 kg
Millésime

Vintage 1991, Vintage 1992, Vintage 1993, Vintage 1994, Vintage 1995, Vintage 1996, Vintage 1997, Vintage 1998, Vintage 2000, Vintage 2001, Vintage 2002, Vintage 2003, Vintage 2004, Vintage 2005, Vintage 2006, Vintage 2007, Vintage 2008, Vintage 2009

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