L’Apogee

Bottle Size: 750 mL

UPC Number: 3298020491725

  • Vintage 2012
  • Producer
  • Country France
  • Region Languedoc
  • Alcohol 14%
  • Composition:
    85% Syrah and 15% Grenache Noir
  • Winemaker Notes Michel Cazevieille and Sébastien Roubichou have continually nurtured their land in their efforts to go further and do better. At an altitude of 180 metres and with a south-western exposure sheltered from the wind, the vines draw strength from the soil to offer us this wine which is truly at its apogee
  • Tasting Notes Deep, dense red colour. Bouquet of ripe red and black berries (redcurrant jelly), eucalyptus and garrigue (thyme, rosemary). Fruity, powerful and well-structured on the palate. A long
    and spicy finish.

    PAIRING : to be enjoyed among connoisseurs, primarily with grilled meat. Serve at room temperature 17°C. Cellaring potential: 10 years.
  • Press Robert Parker: 91 - 93 points
  • Vineyard SOILS : soil composed of fossil sandstone and limestone-clay in the Chaînon de Saint-Chinian terroir. Altitude: 180 metres. Mediterranean climate with continental influences, offering a wine which is exceptional in its balance and spicy nature.

    VINE-GROWING : sustainable growing methods and plot-by-plot selection limiting yield to 15 hl/ha.
    • Cordon de Royat pruning for good bunch distribution.
    • Debudding to limit yield.
    • Leaf thinning to improve grape exposure to the sun.
    • Bunch thinning to enable selection of the highest quality grapes
  • Vinification WINEMAKING :
    • Upon receipt of the harvest, an automatic sorting system followed by a second manual grape-bygrape
    sorting at a conveyor, and a tilting press (grape crushing at the top of the vat just before
    vatting) to preserve the grapes’ aromatic potential.
    • Pre-fermentation cold maceration lasting 5-6 days to gently extract the pigments and aromas
    found in the grape skins.
    • Alcoholic fermentation in low-capacity temperature-controlled stainless steel vats (40-100 hl) for
    plot-by-plot vinification.
    • Maceration lasting 3-4 weeks with daily punching down and pumping over to gently extract the full
    richness from the grapes.

    AGEING : aging for 12 months in new French oak barrels, with a special selection of the finest grapes
    to develop the wines’ length and finesse
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