In a nutshell: This well structured herby and spicy Saint Chinian, from the Languedoc north west of Beziers, has a fresh and supple fruitiness.
The lowdown: Named after Les Laouzes, the local name for the schist/slate soils, this is a blend of very old Carignan vines with Grenache and Syrah. Grown on brown shale soils. Once destemmed it is fermented in cement before ageing in a 8,000-litre wooden foudre for twelve months. Red fruits and liquorice show through along with the herbiness and spice which speaks very much of the hot, hilly north Languedoc countryside.
When to drink: Pretty versatile and can be paired with lots of things, but grilled meats and beefy stews and casseroles stand out.
A small organic estate of a dozen hectares in the beautiful countryside of the high Languedoc to the north of Beziers growing grape varieties typical of the Saint-Chinian area.
The winemaking culture here is one of utmost respect for the soil and the seasons. No chemicals are used on the vines; they rely on simply composted, natural prepartions and plant infusions. Harvesting is carried out manually. Thierry Navarre is a man with a passion for producing wines with minimal intervention.