Cuvee Caractere


Château Capitelle des Salles
Cuvée : Caractère

Producers : Estelle and Frédéric Salles

Appellation : A.O.P. Languedoc

Village : Saint-Jean-de-la-Blaquière (Hérault/South of France)

Soil : red « schists » (Primary era of « red Permien »), sandstone and “pélites” called « Ruffes » ; isolated plots among the woods, in terrasses, high up (250 meters), with olive trees and traditional small stone-huts, called “capitelles”, typical tradional vines from the Languedoc..

Grape varieties:
90% Grenache noir (Terroir « Montgères») ; 10% Cinsault

Yield: 25hL/ha

Viticulture : traditional languedoc « gobelet » pruning for  grenache, cordon de royat for syrah ; poughings ; few treatments thanks a lot of drying wind. No insecticide ; no chemical fertilizer but organic fertilizer. No irrigation.

Harvest : excellent health state, optimal maturity ; manual harvest, with small trays of 15 kg.

Vinification : traditionnal :de-stemming; fermentation and maceration of 20 days ; soft extraction respectful of the skin.
Very soft pressing. Malolactic fermentation. Soft.fining

Ageing : in casks, during 10 months.

Bottling :  homemade, in the cellar. No filtration

Bottle of 750 mL, tradition type “burgundy”. Back label. Upscale cap and cork with personal touch.

Sensory analysis :
Intense nose of morello cherry, garrigue (bay, thyme) and spices (black peppe, liquorice). Ample mouth, well balanced with polished tannins. Elegant finishing.

Number of bottles produced  : 2000/2200

Price TTC consumers, at the cellar, september 2017 : 9,50 Euros (9.0 Euros per unit for 6 bottles bought)