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Domaine de MONTCALMES - Frederic Pourtalie
Domaine de Montcalmes, a famous estate in Languedoc.
Domaine de Montcalmes is now managed by Frederic Pourtalie and his sister Muriel, after the departure in 2010 of their cousin Vincent Guizard to create his own estate of 6 hectares (named Saint-Sylvestre, to follow very closely!). But Montcalmes remains in good hands: Frederic Pourtalie has been trained at Grange des Peres with Laurent Vaille, as well as Alain Graillot.
Since 1999, until 2011, Montcalmes has produced a red and a white, both with great potential of ageing. The vines of Montcalmes are ideally located and oriented: mourvedres are oriented north-west and south to Aniane on a soil of pebbles rolled reminiscent of Chateauneuf-du-Pape (neighboring La Grange des Peres and Mas Daumas Gassac). Syrahs and grenache (30 years on average) are oriented north, in Puechabon, a plateau of limestone lake. The reds are now in AOC "Terrasses du Larzac", created in spring 2014.
The vines of the estate are meticulously managed: plowed, pruned short, yields are kept very low (20 to 25 hl / ha) thanks to harvesting in green (manual). The grape harvest - always manual - is destemmed, crushed and then gravitated. For the reds, the maceration lasts about a month, with exclusive pigeage on the three grape varieties. The wines are aged in old barrels of Romanee Conti of 1, 2 or 3 wines during 2 years. The vines, vinified separately, are blended 2 months before bottling, which takes place without filtration in Old Moon.
Since 2011, two new red cuvees have been produced following numerous trials and blends: "Le Geai", in Coteaux du Languedoc appellation, a GSM blend with a majority of Grenache, and "Grenache", a Vin de France 100% Grenache.
2015 is the first organic certified vintage.
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