Domaine Cottebrune

Domaine Cottebrune is owned and run by Pierre Gaillard of Côte Rotie and Condrieu fame. The estate's 10 hectares overlook the Béziers plain, and 5 of these hectares are given over to producing its Faugères Transhumance from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre.

The soils of these slopes that lead to the Massif Central consist of brown schist, and the altitude of the vineyards gives a cooler climate than that of surrounding area. This results in a longer growing season that allows the development of greater complexity of flavour in the ripening fruit. The landscape was originally garrigue, the open scrubland of the Languedoc, and hillsides are so steep that normal tractors cannot cope, necessitating the use of a tractor with caterpillar tracks. Vines were planted at high densities to increase the stress on the rootstocks, forcing them to dig ever deeper in to ground to find water and to benefit from a diverse array of minerals. The wines made here have a freshness and balance that you might not expect from southern France and we recommend them wholeheartedly.
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