Domaine Clavel Les Garrigues.
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
When I taste this red wine I am immediately reminded of the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but without the associated price. The vineyard is situated outside Montpellier on a glacial deposit which mirrors the soil I observed in the Châteauneuf-du-Papes appellation. The wine exudes concentrated, rich ripe Grenache, Syrah and Mourverde fruit. A vanilla spice leads to a wonderful dark berried finish.
Domaine Clavel is run by Pierre Clavel. His father, Jean Clavel, was once director of the Syndicat des Coteaux du Languedoc, responsible for the creation of the Coteaux du Languedoc AOC, and consequently an influential figure in the region. Despite this the family owned no vineyards until Pierre established himself at what was called Mas Calage, but is now Domaine Clavel.
At that time he was young guy ready to accept the work and responsibilities of an empty field, rare enough at a time when the wines of the Coteaux du Languedoc and the South in general, were not well regarded by the French connoisseurs, not to mention the export markets.
Before becoming a winemaker, Pierre worked at a variety of jobs, including tending sheep in the hills close to where he now makes wine. A bit of a hippy at heart, we can reap the benefits of his proletarian ideology, as he is determined that his excellent wine will be affordable for all.
"Tobacco leaf and liquorice with smooth warming savoury fruits."
"Garrigues refers to the typical scrubland landscape of the Languedoc where grapes are one of the few crops small farmers can grow. This is a 55% Syrah with Carignan and Grenache and its bright fruity style (damsons and blackberries) is perfect for autumnal evenings when food could be anything from a rich stew to a barbecue."
"Most of the region’s best wines are blends of its traditional grapes. Here’s a lovely example – a smooth amalgam of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre with top notes of prunes, dates, herbs and spice to make your nostrils twitch in anticipation. Very stylish at the price."
"From a family-run estate near Montpellier in the Languedoc this is a blend of syrah with some carignan and grenache. It is made in a ripe, fruity style with lots of bramble fruits and dark plum flavours to suit the colder turn in the weather and suited to game or warming casseroles."
Domaine Pierre Clavel
Our vineyard extends over 27 hectares in the Languedoc appellation area, and offers three terroirs with strong identities: Terroir de La Méjanelle, Terroir Pic Saint Loup and some young vines in Assas in the Grés area of ??Montpellier.