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De Chansac Carignan, Old Vines, IGP de l’Herault, 2020

Deep coloured with rich brambly fruit, the palate is generous, spicy and soft, with flavours of black cherry and raspberry.

Grape Variety: 100% Carignan

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De Chansac Carignan, Old Vines, IGP de l’Herault, 2020

Tasting Note

Deep coloured with rich brambly fruit, the palate is generous, spicy and soft, with flavours of black cherry and raspberry.

Grape Variety

100% Carignan

Producer Info

LGI was founded in 1999 by Alain Grignon. He had formerly been head of cooperatives in Gascogny and was frustrated by many aspects of the domestic French wine industry, so with his partners, he set up a business to cater solely to export markets. As well as running a team of winemakers and viticulturists sourcing fruit in the Languedoc, predominantly in St Chinian and also in the Côtes de Gascogne, they are also involved with a selection of top class individual domaines. The company is now one of the most respected sources of high quality and reliable wines from the region.

Regional Info

Pays d’Hérault is the IGP title for wines made in the Hérault department of Languedoc-Roussillon on the southern coast of France. The IGP catchment area encompasses the whole department regardless of terroir, and includes everything from mountains to coastal plains. Hérault is one of the most viticulturally productive departments of France, and makes both IGP-level wines and AOC-level wines such as Faugères and most of the Languedoc vineyards.

Hérault is located on the Mediterranean coastline, bordered by the Aude department to the southwest. Its northern and western sides are dominated by the Cévennes mountains, notably in the form of the Montagne Noire hills in the far west. It is on the lower slopes of these hills – and on the coastal plains below – that the majority of Hérault’s vineyards are located.

The terroir on this south-facing amphitheater is classically Mediterranean, and the landscape is dominated by garrigue-covered limestone hills and plateaus. Mild winters are followed by hot, dry summers with rainy periods over spring and autumn. During the growing season, the temperatures are moderated by refreshing sea breezes from the Mediterranean that sweep through the vineyards, cooling the grapes and slowing ripening.

The Pays d’Hérault IGP exists to give producers options on both grape varieties and land outside of the AOC appellations. Internationally known grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are permitted for use in Pays d’Hérault wines, which – increasingly – are varietally labelled. Many of these grape varieties have proved themselves in Hérault’s high quality terroir, but are not permitted for use in any of the AOC appellations here. As a result, some of Hérault’s best wines are classified under the Pays d’Hérault title.

Winemakers Note

Half the fruit for this wine was quickly thermo-vinified, to extract maximum colour and fruit before cool fermentation at 20C to preserve fruitiness. The remainder was traditionally vinified in tank at 27- 30C with pumping over and 20 days on the skins. Aged 5 months with French oak staves.

2 reviews for De Chansac Carignan, Old Vines, IGP de l’Herault, 2020

  1. Sarah

    We used this wine for our wedding, it’s a great all-rounder, great with food, medium body and a real people pleaser.

  2. TRACY

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    Very nice red to drink anytime

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