Two exciting new discoveries from the cooler northern limits of both Languedoc and Roussillon, La Péira and Clos des Fées.
These recently established estates represent the new face of wines, that are finer and more terroir driven that ever seen from Languedoc and Roussillon. Unlocking and discovering the best terroirs of these two vast regions will become one of the most intriguing journeys of this decade, and the next, for the wine trade. The potential is huge, and with sympathetic minimal intervention winemaking that preserves freshness and terroir, the finesse and elegance of wonderful old-vines Cinsault and Carignan becomes clearly apparent. These two varieties are the original mainstays of this region which can produce wines of Burgundian perfume and delicacy (think Bourgogne rouge with much greater depth and intensity), together with Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre these also provide depth and intensity while at the same time displaying the origins of their terroirs.
From both these estates yields are in the range of 8-25 hl/ha meaning the total quantity of wine produced resembles the output of a tiny Burgundy domaine more than what one expects from these vast regions. The top wines are made for a very long evolution and will need time to evolve and show their full potential, however the entry level Les Sorcieres and Les Obriers de la Péira are both extremely approachable wines of perfume and freshness that give remarkable pleasure in their first 5 years. These are wines that show the great potential of old vines Carignan and Cinsault and show just how well suited these varieties are to the south of France.