Vineyard: Vineyards located between the cliffs of the Pic St Loup and the Montagne de Hortus, about 15 km from the Mediterrean Sea.
Orientation: Various orientations from full south to full north. In general, cooler climate varietals are grown in north-facing (Syrah, Sauvignon Bl) and warmer climate grapes in south-facing (Grenache, Mourvedre).
Soil: A fairly high percentage of limestone from the nearby cliffs that have eroded over time.
Viticulture: Lutte raisonee. No chemical additives used in the vineyards, unless there is a threat of losing an entire vintage.
Vinification: Fermented in temperature controlled tanks with a cuvaison up to one month.
Aging: Aged for 18 months in barrel, about 20% new.
Production: Approximately 6500 cs.
Publication: Wine advocate
Black raspberry, toasted spice, leather and dried herbs all emerge from the 2014 Pic St Loup Grande Cuvée, which is 60% Syrah, 35% Mourvèdre and 5% Grenache. It's rich, mouthfilling and nicely textured on the palate, with an open-knit, ready-to-go style. It should keep for 4-5 years.