France, Languedoc, Pic Saint Loup
2 Stars Revue du Vin de France
Christophe Peyrus took over his family’s vineyards in 1991. He has sought council with some of the greatest winemakers in France (Didier Dagueneau, Clos Rougeard, Grange des Peeres, etc) and now the French wine press considers his winery to be at the top of the appellation. The 20 hectare property is situated north of Montpellier and the vineyards are scattered around the terraces that rise from the village up to the sharp cliffs that form part of the plateau of the Hortus mountain. The soils are clay and chalky limestone, and all of the vineyards are continuously plowed to force the vines’ roots to seek nourishment deep down in the limestone bedrock. The domaine has been farmed using biodynamic principles since 2000 and no pesticides or herbicides have ever been used. Harvested by hand, yields for the various cuvées vary between 15-35 hL/ha. Plenty of whole cluster fermentation and neutral/larger format barrel aging are also the norm here. This is one of the great domaines of the Languedoc and probably the most complex and age-worthy of Pic St. Loup.
“Easily one of my favorite producers in the Languedoc, Clos Marie is run by the talented Christophe Peyrus. The style here is more northern Rhone than Languedoc, with the wines possessing fabulous purity, higher acid levels and firm, age-worthy profiles. These are the Cote Rotie's of the south and should not be missed.” –Jeb Dunnuck, April 2015.
|Wine||Varietals||Vine Age||Soil Type||Farming Type|
|Manon Blanc||20% Grenache Blanc, 20% Grenache Gris, 15% Roussanne, 15% Rolle, 15% Carignan Blanc 5% Muscat, 10% Clairette/macabeu||Average 50 years||Silty clay, soft limestone||Biodynamic|
|Pic Saint Loup "L'Olivette"||60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Cinsault||Average 25 years||Piedmont Eboulie limestone and clay loam||Biodynamic|
|Pic Saint Loup "Simon"||45% Syrah, 45% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre||Average 25 years||Piedmont alluvial soil on clay-limestone soil of the Quaternary era||Biodynamic|
|Pic Saint Loup "Métairies du Clos" Vieilles Vignes||50% Grenache, 30% Carignan, 20% Syrah||Average 60 years||Various plots||Biodynamic|