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Domaine des Crès Ricards was established in the early 1960s and covers an area of 28 hectares. It is located approximately 35 km West of Montpellier, near the towns of Saint André de Sangonis and Clermont l’Hérault, on the outskirts of the village of Ceyras. It is in the heart of the Coteaux du Languedoc appellation, in the Terrasses du Larzac sub-region.
The vineyard is situated at an altitude of 60 metres at a place known as Les Crès Ricards.
Appellation: Côteaux du Languedoc Cru Grand Vin de Terrasses du Larzac
60% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 15% Carignan
Limestone and clay, with pebbly soils on steep, terraced vineyards. Distinctive red soils indicative of significant iron oxide deposits.. From individual parcels of 21 and 11 year old vines of Syrah (producing 44 hl/ha), 42 year old vines of Grenache (producing 39 hl/ha) and 49 year old vines of Carignan (producing 44 hl/ha). Partly traditional maceration and partly cold pre-fermentation for 20 and 22 days with daily delestage (rack and return) or pumping over. Partly whole-grape carbonic maceration for 15 and 14 days. Maturation for 12 months in vats and bottle-age for 12 months.
The explosive aromas of this wine remain its most outstanding trait, with notes of menthol veering to camphor, gunflint and fresh blackcurrants.
On the palate it is silky and refreshing with pleasing, cooling aromas.