Domaine Canet-Valette

France, Languedoc, Saint-Chinian

 

1 Star Revue du Vin de France

 

Biodynamic


Domaine Canet Valette is run by Marc Valette, a young vigneron who made his first vintage in 1992. Marc’s passion for his wine grew, and in 1998 he invested a considerable amount of money in building his own winery and cellar, equipped with stainless steel for fermentation on the upper level, the wine being run to the lower barrel cellar by gravity. In the meantime, the domaine has grown in size to 18 hectares on clay-limestone soil just outside the village of Cessenon. Practices at Domaine Canet Valette lean toward the artisanal.  The domaine has been certified Organic by Ecocert since 1999.  The carefully tended Carignan, Cinsaut, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre are picked later than other producers, with yields between 18 and 30 Hl/Ha. They are fermented with extended cuvaison, sometimes for months, and with repeated pigeage, and it’s not unknown for a bare-skinned Valette to jump into the vat and achieve this with his own foot. The style is one of maximum flavor, extraction, concentration and tannin, and the wines are bottled unfiltered and unfined.

 

Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Saint-Chinian "Antonyme" 50% Cinsault, 50% Mourvèdre Average 20 years Clay-limestone Organic
Saint-Chinian "Une et Mille Nuits" 40% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 20% Carignan, 10% Mourvèdre Average 30 years Clay-limestone Organic
Saint-Chinian "Ivresses" 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah Average 30 years Clay-limestone Organic
Saint-Chinian "Maghani" 50% Syrah, 50% Mourvèdre Average 35 years Clay-limestone Organic