WINES - EMPREINTES / CHATEAU DE LA DEVEZE MONNIER
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.
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
"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)
"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)
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
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.
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." (July 2020)
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." (July 2020)
"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." (August 2020)
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." (August 2020)
This 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.