WINES - EMPREINTES / CHATEAU DE LA DEVEZE MONNIER
Our Château de la Devèze Monnier is a tribute to the history of our winery and local area. This is crafted under the AOP Languedoc guidelines, as a more traditional expression of local terroir. The regulations 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.
Château de la Devèze Monnier
The 2018 white is a blend of Roussanne, Ugni blanc, Vermentino and Viognier which has given the wine complexity, with aromas of white flowers, lime and savoury biscuit. The mouthfeel is generous and rich with fresh acidity. A bold wine best matched with rich food.
"Smells like peach kernels and quite 'biscuity', like McVities digestives. Heady frangipani florals on the nose and through the palate. Some saltiness and tang, almost like green olives pickled in brine with a touch of sharpness. Fragrant elderflower on the palate, green apricots, and a gentle nuttiness, like sunflower seeds. Lots of layers here. Little pop shots of bitterness and acidity that sparkles like tiny crystals tucked into the flesh. Unfolds in the glass. Fantastic structure - quite geometric, linear, direct."
In 2018 our Syrah and Grenache grapes lent the rosé intense strawberry and cream aromas, with a full, fresh experience on the palate, showing flavours of cherry and crème brûlée. This is a great aperitif wine, but also matches well with light meals.
"Deep tomato-pink. Smells like tinned strawberries and chilli jam. Palate is defined by sweet-chilli-jam piquancy and red-bell-pepper sweet-savoury fruitiness. This is a very interesting rosé. It was so numbed down when I first opened it that on day one and on day two, I thought it was not terribly interesting. But after being open for a week in my cellar, when most pinks would have fallen apart, this suddenly blossomed. Not bone dry, but the strawberry-jelly roundness is flecked with dried thyme, sage leaf, tomato vine and a lick of iron. And the finish is bone dry, whatever the residual sugar."
"Strong onion skin orange. Restrained fruit acidity, still fresh. After decanting, more fruit coming to the fore. Black mineral inner core (Syrah?) with vibrant red currant acidity. Feels a little chunky structure wise – acidity not quite powerful enough? although I like the intensity of fruit and weight."
For 2019 we introduced our refreshed label and new name, Empreintes! In this vintage (Grenache / Syrah / Cinsault), Kirsten describes the wine as having hints of lemon peel, with plentiful raspberries and other summer fruits, and a touch of sweet candyfloss. A spiciness also features in the background, adding complexity. The palate is rich and structured due to the light touch of phenolics and lees stirring during ageing, with bright clean acidity.
Elizabeth Gabay MW:
"Darker salmon pink Red fruit aromas. Silky creamy, acidity well integrated with ripe fruit and a firm minerality. Vibrant, redcurrants, hint of savoury garrigue phenolics on the finish."
Our current AOP Languedoc red wine release is from 2015 and is a good representation of a wine with garrigue influence. It has intense spicy and perfumed aromas with a rich and round mouthfeel. It's flavours are of liquorice and violets, which linger and match well with game and red meat dishes.