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|Blend:||60% Malbec, 30% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Franc|
|Appellation:||Vin de Pays d’Oc|
|Producer:||La Grange de Quatre Sous|
|Vineyard:||18 to 20 years, 1 ha|
|Aging:||Wines are aged in foudre and barrel for 2 years|
Hildegard Horat-Diop’s rebellious streak, verve, and innate talent have made her a star of the Languedoc. She began making wine at a time when female winemakers in France were rare, and broke many other social conventions along the way. In 1975 she visited the Languedoc and fell in love with the domaine, La Grange de Quatre Sous. At the time, the property was in complete disrepair. She undertook extensive renovations, including an overhaul and replanting of the vineyards. She is now part of a group called Vinifilles, an association of eighteen female winegrowers in Languedoc-Rousillion who assemble to share research and expertise. She is well-respected by her peers, so much so that Kermit refers to her wine as “grand cru quality.”
For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.