A medieval heritage
In the Middle Ages, a small church stood along the ancient Domitian Way between Nimes and Montpellier, in the heart of Languedoc. Saint-Paul de Cabrières. In recognition of this now defunct heritage, rebuilt on its ruins area bears his name. Grès Saint-Paul. Family Property Servière since 1830, the vineyard, located in the town of Lunel extends over the first plateau bordering the Mediterranean, overlooking the Camargue and the Etang de l'Or. Jean Philippe Servière is the 7th generation of sandstone St. Paul. His grandfather acquired more than 100ha around 1830. His great grandfather built the house in the early twentieth that preserves the memory of an omnipresent opulence in Languedoc wine at that time. Jean-Philippe took over the destiny of the field 1976 crop and a cultural revolution. It seeks to enhance its soil, the vineyard and the cellar. So much effort will be rewarded from 1997. The vineyard now extends over 24 hectares very carefully selected for their agronomic value and all the wine is bottled.
A local villafranchien
The terroir of gravel is willing and serious in a north-south plateau at 50 meters, corresponding to an old terrace of a river early quaternary since vanished.
Some fine particles (clay, silica) were trained in depth by rainwater. They find themselves nowadays arranged in horizontal strata accumulated at different depths, resulting in a depletion of topsoil, became very gravelly.The villafranchien soil of sandstone St. Paul to deep soils, poor and drained naturally offers all the elements for the production of quality grapes.
Grès Saint-Paul has the privilege to develop two Appellations of Origin: AOC Muscat Lunel and Coteaux du Languedoc, Grès de Montpellier.
A cool microclimate
The annual rainfall is in the range of 600 to 700mm; its distribution is uneven (50-70 days without rain in summer). During the hot summer months, the soil benefits from the cool evening sea breezes made by the proximity of the Mediterranean. This wonderful adaptation of root system in dry and cool microclimate allows the production of extremely fine aromas.
A vineyard multifaceted
Renowned in the fifteenth century, classified AOC, the terroir villafranchien stoneware St. Paul helps develop two Appellations of Origin:
AOC Muscat Lunel- AOC Coteaux du Languedoc.
Covering an area of 24 hectares, the vineyard is planted in:
Coteaux du Languedoc Red -Syrah 11 ha, 2 ha Grenache, Mourvèdre 2.5 ha
AOC Muscat de Lunel: Muscat Petits Grains 6 ha
Merlot: 2.5 ha
The lithology and mineral composition of the soil is expressed through the vineyard, in wines with complex aromas mingling verbena, lemon confit, cooked peach, rose petal, menthol for muscat grape aromas and spicy (pepper black, cinnamon, mint, nutmeg, thyme, rosemary ...) for the red varieties.
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