WINES - EMPREINTES

Our AOP Languedoc wines are a tribute to the history of our winery and local area. These are a more traditional expression of local terroir and are made under regulations that specify the varieties that can be used, how they are grown, and in which proportions they can be blended, resulting in a wine reflecting the Languedocian style.

Empreintes

Blanc 2020

This wine is a blend of Roussanne and Viognier, some of which has spent time in old oak barrels with lees stirring, giving the wine complexity. There are aromas of citrus flower, grapefruit and mandarin, with underlying creamy toasty notes, and the palate is rich and mouth filling with flavours of citrus fruits, spice and
hazelnuts, fresh acidity and a dry finish. Try this wine with coquilles St. Jacques, ceviche or a lemon risotto

 

Tamlyn Currin, of JancisRobinson.com:

"Viognier stakes the charm offensive on the nose. Pecans and jalapeño, apricots and wild mint. There is a silk-cream and hazelnuts side to this wine; a little wild, foot-slipping-on-scree, oily-sheep-wool-snagged-on-windswept-mountainside-wire inflection that takes you off track, makes you sit on a tumble of rocks, get a cold bottom while you watch sunlight drift downslope or mist drift upslope, get numb toes, crush thyme under your fingers without realising what you're doing, and come home with stones in your shoes. It tastes of apricots picked off the tree and it's lichen and tree bark and popcorn salt. I tasted this a couple of days after opening and upped the score from 16.5 to 17. It smells as if it's charming and fun but not to be taken too seriously, and if you quaff it - which is dangerously easy to do, because it is delicious and moreish and as charming to taste as it is to smell - you're going to enjoy it, but miss tremendous subtleties and depth. Drink 2021-2024, 17/20." (May 2021)

Revue du Vin de France (translated comments):

"Yellow fruits and white flowers for this blend of Roussanne and Viognier, balanced and delicious (orange blossom). 91/100" (April 2021)

VertdeVin:

"The nose is fruity, pulpy and offers a small flattering side as well as a fine intensity. It reveals notes of bright vine peach, lychee and small notes of exotic fruits associated with small touches of rose, ripe lemon as well as fine hints of sweet tangerine, tangerine flowers and an imperceptible varietal hint. The palate is fruity, well-balanced and offers an acidulous frame, roundness, fat, a small flattering side as well as a fine aerial side (in the approach of balance). On the palate this wine expresses notes of pulpy peach, lychee and small notes of quenette associated with touches of lemon, zests as well as hints of sweet / crushed green apple and a subtle hint of white flowers. Good length. 89-90 /100" (April, 2021)

Rosé 2020

Cool fermented Grenache and Carignan grapes are the basis of this blend, which our winemaker, Kirsten, describes as a blushing pink coloured rosé with delicate notes of grapefruit, iodine and citrus flower on the nose. The palate is silky and creamy with fine, linear acidity and lingering lemon and grapefruit sorbet
flavours. We suggest pairing with grilled sardines, a cod steak in a Bechamel sauce or a fresh goat cheese salad from Larzac.

Revue du Vin de France (translated comments): "Grenache and Carignan form an original pairing for this rosé whose powerful nose is strongly marked by notes of red fruit paste. Strongly varietal on the nose, on the charming side, but beautiful fullness in the mouth and good freshness on the finish, where it returns to the fruitiness of a French bonbon." (April 2021)

 

The comments of Elizabeth Gabay MW:

"Salmon pink. Very perfumed. Chanel No. 5. Leafy, fruity, floral. On the palate, nice zesty acidity that seems at odds with the floral ripeness. Red fruit, very perfumed, although a hollow mid palate. Light intensity, refreshing acidity. A bit all over the place, but not unpleasant. Commended. 89/100." Listed in Elizabeth Gabay’s 2021 Buyer’s Guide to the Rosés of Southern France

Rouge 2018

The Grenache and Syrah for this wine were fermented in our old concrete tanks, which help buffer the temperature through fermentation, and then pressed into a variety of old oak barrels, foudre, demi-muid (600l barrels) and tanks. In the glass it has a deep ruby red colour and shows aromas of sweet berry fruit, allspice and cloves. The pretty notes of mulberry and cranberry are perfectly balanced by the underlying old wood aromas. This wine is extremely well balanced, leaving your mouth refreshed while the fine tannins give a lovely structure to the wine. It finishes with flavours of dark plum and spice. This wine will match well with red meat dishes, from barbecues to slow-cooked stews.

Technical Sheets (pdfs):  Blanc  Rosé  Rouge

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