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2021 Saint-Chinian Blanc “Montmajou”

Les Eminades
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Flinty and full of tension, this blend of Grenache Blanc and Marsanne from the sun-baked south of France reads remarkably more like old-vine Chablis than its typically ripe-fruited counterparts. In fact, its profile makes sense when considering the Jurassic limestone soil and high elevation lieu-dit where the name “Montmajou” springs from; both lend this blanc a lean elegance in place of the textured weight that’s more commonly associated with these grapes and this region. Pair it with bourride or a dish of braised octopus, capers, and potatoes for an ideal treat

Allyson Noman

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 80% Grenache Blanc, 20% Marsanne
Appellation: Saint-Chinian
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Les Eminades
Winemaker: Patricia & Luc Bettoni
Vineyard: Planted 1991
Soil: Jurassic limestone
Aging: Raised in 400L barrels for 10 months sur lie
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

Languedoc-Roussillon

map of Languedoc-Roussillon

Ask wine drinkers around the world, and the word “Languedoc” is sure to elicit mixed reactions. On the one hand, the region is still strongly tied to its past as a producer of cheap, insipid bulk wine in the eyes of many consumers. On the other hand, it is the source of countless great values providing affordable everyday pleasure, with an increasing number of higher-end wines capable of rivaling the best from other parts of France.

While there’s no denying the Languedoc’s checkered history, the last two decades have seen a noticeable shift to fine wine, with an emphasis on terroir. Ambitious growers have sought out vineyard sites with poor, well draining soils in hilly zones, curbed back on irrigation and the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and looked to balance traditional production methods with technological advancements to craft wines with elegance, balance, and a clear sense of place. Today, the overall quality and variety of wines being made in the Languedoc is as high as ever.

Shaped like a crescent hugging the Mediterranean coast, the region boasts an enormous variety of soil types and microclimates depending on elevation, exposition, and relative distance from the coastline and the cooler foothills farther inland. While the warm Mediterranean climate is conducive to the production of reds, there are world-class whites and rosés to be found as well, along with stunning dessert wines revered by connoisseurs for centuries.

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