THE VARIETALS: RED GRAPES

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

This varietal owes its international recognition to the great wines of Bordeaux. In Languedoc, it produces wines which are powerful, rich and age-worthy. Planted in 1983, our Cabernet Sauvignon produces a concentrated wine with aromas of red fruits and spice for our «Domaine de Capion» range.

Cinsault

A varietal of French origin (Provence) characterised by black berries and white juice. In low yields, Cinsault brings fruit, suppleness and finesse to a wine, making it very popular in the production of rosé. Cinsault is one of the permitted grape varieties of the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO, or AOP in French) Terrasses du Larzac, and is used in the production of our Le Chemin des Garennes rouge. We also use it for our rosé named Zéfir.

Grenache

A grape variety of Aragon, Spain, Grenache likes a gravel base. In winemaking, it adds potency and fruit to the finished product, while giving good ageing potential. Grenache is one of the permitted grape varieties of AOP Terrasses du Larzac, and is used in the production of our cuvées Le Chemin des Garennes, Château Capion and Le Songe d'Éocène.

Mourvèdre

Mourvèdre, a northern Spanish red grape variety (Catalonia) brings tannins and rich aromas to a wine. It is often used in blends to add complexity. For this reason, and because it is one of the permitted grape varieties of the AOP Terrasses du Larzac, we include it in the production of our cuvées Le Chemin des Garennes, Château Capion and Le Songe d'Éocène.

Syrah

As a grape variety of French origin, Syrah is very well established in the clay-limestone soils of the south of France. Its intense colour, as well as its red fruit aromas and spicy notes, add great complexity to a wine. Syrah is one of the permitted grape varieties AOP Terrasses du Larzac, and is used in our cuvées Le Chemin des Garennes, Château Capion and Le Songe d'Éocène.

THE VARIETALS: WHITE GRAPES

Bourboulenc

This varietal probably originated in Provence. Resistant to drought, it grows in argilo-limestone soils, producing large grapes that are harvested late. Not particularly aromatic, instead it adds a tension that marries beautifully with the much richer Roussanne. Bourboulenc is a permitted varietal under AOP Languedoc, and we use it in all three of our AOP whites.

Chardonnay

Historically, Chardonnay is the varietal of Burgundy. In our Languedoc vineyard, it is planted in limestone soils, and carefully monitored because it does not withstand drought well. Immediately aromatic, it has buttery notes, flavours of exotic fruits, wonderful freshness and a balanced acidity. We have selected it for our white wine « Domaine de Capion».

Clairette

Originally from Provence, Clairette grows best in poor limestone soils. It is recognised under AOP Languedoc, and we have selected it for its freshness and the beautiful tension it brings to our white blends.

Roussanne

Originally from the Rhône valley, Roussanne is a grape that requires a sunny sight and stony clay-limestone soils. It is a permitted varietal under AOP Languedoc. In our blends, it adds power and a lovely rich texture, forming as it does the base for our cuvées, Le Chemin des Garennes and Château Capion.

Viognier

A grape indigenous to the Northern Rhône valley, Viognier has delightful peach and apricot aromas, while on the palette its fruit adds elegance and finesse to our white cuvées. At Capion, Viognier is planted in clay-limestone soils. It is one of the permitted varietals of AOP Languedoc.

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