With a team of twenty cows, horses, and pigs that graze the cover crops in and around the vineyards. Didier Barral farms thirty hectares of vineyards, incorporating biodynamic practices deep in the heart of the Languedoc. In this Mediterranean climate where summer heat waves and drought are common this 4.3 hectare site of 80% Mourvèdre and 20% Syrah enjoys a southern exposure of vines up to 30 years old with deep roots in schist soil. Powerful and complex this expression is aged for two years in cement tanks for a pure expression of fruit.
Fitou produces exclusively red wine and in 1948, became the first Languedoc AOC. The terroir is an amalgam of strong natural elements: clay, limestone, and schist soils; wild scrubland scented with thyme and lavender, and perhaps the most potent force of all, Tramontagne, a wind that sometimes seems it will never stop blowing. This domaine was a pioneer of the appellation; founded in 1970 by Jacques Guerrin and now in the hands of his daughter Valerie. all their wines are hand harvested, fermented with indigenous yeast and aged in tank and bottle at least for 18 months.
Most of Maxime’s vineyard land is comprised of schist and limestone subsoils in the sub-appellation Hautes Corbières, bordering Fitou to the South. This wine is precise, fresh and floral with faint hints citrus peel and fennel; the grapes were grown at high altitude, no sulphur was used during vinification.
"Most of Maxime’s vineyard land is comprised of schist and limestone subsoils in the sub-appellation Hautes Corbieres, bordering Fitou to the South. This is incredibly tough terrain to farm in, as there is virtually no top-soil, just pure rock and garrigue. The “Rozeta” is a blend of these two district terroirs. This blend is particularly unique, from Carignan vineyards that are dispersed with numerous varietals of older vines, namely Grenache Gris, Macabou, and Terret, which are all picked and fermented together—a true field blend of the old school." -- importer Kermit Lynch