Le Prieuré Saint Jean de Bébian RougeAOP Coteaux du Languedoc
45% syrah, 30% grenache, 25% mourvèdre.
Villafranchien (pudding stones on a matrix of limestone and clay) and volcanic basalt.
AVERAGE VINE AGE
32 years, including 3 hectares of Grenache were planted in 1925.
Hand picking at optimum maturity in 15/20 kg baskets then transported in small batches immediately to the winery.
Grape varieties vinified separately in stone tanks from the 18th century and cement vats. Maceration 6 of 9 weeks depending on the variety and quality of tannin. Pressing by pneumatic press. Only the free run is maintained. Malo-lactic fermentation in barrel for the Syrah and Mourvèdre and in tank for the Grenache.
Syrah and Mourvèdre matured for 12 to 18 months in new, 1 year old and 2 years old burgundian oak casks of 228 and 600 liters. Grenache left in stainless steel tank to preserve its fruit.
GUIDE AND REWARD
Guide BETTANE & DESSEAUVE 2013 16/20
Intense aromas of plum, cherry, black pepper and spice and cigar box.
Full bodied, powerful and complex. . Intense fruit flavours mixed with spices, tobacco and licorice. Highly structured with elegant, fine grained tannins. Long finish.
Game (pigeon, partridge, woodcock and venison). Rabbit saddle. Morocan tajine
To age up to 10/12 years