In the high garrigue, twenty kilometres north of Montpellier, a very characteristic silhouette stands out. The bold profile of the Pic Saint-Loup exudes an almost mystical atmosphere. From its height, it overlooks the plains and the slopes, at the foot, where the traditional villages lie, between pine forests and garrigue grassland.
The Pic Saint-Loup terroir is the most northerly of the Languedoc terroirs. The combination of a Mediterranean and a continental climate gives it its original character. The differences in daytime and night-time temperatures in late summer enhance the finesse and character of this wine. This diversity gives rise to an exceptional terroir for wines with a strong personality.
Characteristics of this wine:
Cinsault is a rewarding grape to grow. The grape generally gives large bunches and a generous yield per hectare. The grapes are dark in colour, but have little pigment and give light wines. Characteristic of Cinsault is that the wines are very aromatic. The wines have few tannins and sugars, and not much acidity or alcohol either. This is why the grape is so often used in blends; the other grapes give power and body, whereas Cinsault provides elegance and perfume.
Smell and taste:
The most common aromas in Cinsault wines are:
- Rich red fruits, such as raspberry, red currant and cherry
- Floral aromas of violets
- Fruity aromas of peach
- Slightly spicy aromas, resembles tea
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