Everywhere you walk in the upper part of the estate, off-white stones, some the size of cobbles, are underfoot. These are lacustrine deposits of limestone, sandstone and Montpellier clays. They are wonderful reservoirs of heat! When the Languedoc sun disappears over the horizon and the temperature drops, they continue to radiate warmth. This acts upon the phenolic ripeness of the grapes. That’s why it is from this more elevated part of the vineyard, with its argilo-limestone soils, and its subsoil of sand and loam, we select most of the Syrah grapes for Capion’s top cuvée.
Walk across what could be classified as the estate’s central geological band and you’ll notice how immediately different it is. Underfoot, there’s sand, consolidated pebbles and gravels. This easy-draining land is perfect for our Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault varietals.
Finally, walking round the lower part of the estate, close to the Hérault river glimpsed through the trees in the valley beneath, you are on clay and sand alluvial deposits. This is where our white grapes varietals are grown.