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|Blend:||30% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Cinsault|
|Appellation:||Languedoc Pic Saint Loup|
|Producer:||Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup|
|Winemaker:||Xavier, Pierre, and Jean-Marc Ravaille|
|Vineyard:||10 – 50 years, 4 ha|
|Soil:||Red Clay, Marly Limestone|
Ermitage du Pic St-Loup dates back to the Middle Ages, as the former home of the bishops of Maguelone. The limestone peak or “pic” perched above the vineyards was named for the legendary Saint Thieri Loup. In 1992, the Ravaille brothers joined forces to plant a vineyard here in what has traditionally been land dominated by sheep farming and cheese production. The Ravaille family has been in the Languedoc for over a thousand years, long enough to have known Saint Loup personally. These brothers have been on a noble quest of their own to create serious wine that expresses the complexity of their terroir. The three fish on the label’s emblem therefore not only evoke the story of Saint Loup, but also their fraternal collaboration.
There is so much contained in a glass of good wine, It is a gift of nature that tastes of man's foibles, his sense of the beautiful, his idealism and virtuosity.
Adventures on the Wine Route, pages 232