The climate The vines benefit from being in an area of high sunshine hours and low rainfall. The ever-present northwesterly wind, the Tramontane, has an important role to play. It is a dry wind, which comes off the land and has the effect of cleansing the vines and reducing the onset of disease, especially during the period of rapid vegetative growth; it helps insure a harvest of clean ripe grapes.
The onshore wind, the Marin, brings with it moisture, which helps reduce water stress in the dry summers. Thanks to the wind and the proximity of the sea, we have a temperate climate, with mild winters and warm summers.
Our soils are deep and stony, which allows the vines to resist drought. It is made up of soft red Mediterranean rock, interspersed with outcrops of chalk.
Half our Domain is made up of Carignan, the traditional Languedoc variety. It has a bad reputation, but on our sloping hillsides, with low yields, picked at full maturity, it looses its austerity and gains finesse. It is the backbone of our wines and is a perfect expression of our terroir.
Grenache Noir, equality traditional, imparts wonderful fruit and generosity. It should be harvested just before it becomes too ripe.
Mourvedre, a late and difficult variety, is perfectly suited to our climate; it benefits from the damp sea breezes. Being by the sea enables it to ripen, giving the wine a voluptuous body and with its low yields adds spicy fruit flavours.
Syrah or Shiraz, a relative newcomer to the region, with its moderate yields, brings floral aromas and red fruit flavours.