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November 2019

Les Vignobles Foncalieu: The origins of the Vignerons du Pays d’Ensérune date back to the beginning of organized winegrowing with the construction of the first cooperative winery in France in the village of Maraussan in 1901. Upholding the tradition launched by the Vignerons Libres de Maraussan, our cooperative winegrowers have preserved their ancestors’ knowledge over the years, and their same remarkable capacity for innovation. With each era they have shown courage and ambition with the creation of new economic models, while at the same time preserving and developing a powerful work ethic of mutual support. Our vineyards cover more than 3,000 hectares, from the Mediterranean coast to the foothills of Mount Caroux. Due to this enormous expanse, our vineyards offer an incredibly rich variety of terroirs. We benefit from the plains of the lower Aude valley, with large areas of wetlands that are home to remarkable biodiversity, the pale soil of Capestang and Montady that lies on ancient marine deposits, the red soil of Maraussan and Cazouls, due to iron concretions, and finally the limestone slopes of the St Chinian appellation in the communes of Cazedarnes and Puisserguier. This diversity of terroirs enables the expression of wide range of exceptional aromas and flavors. But what really sets us apart is the introduction of varieties that are not usually grown in the region, such as Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, and the rehabilitation of old varieties like Piquepoul Noir, which require unusual vinification methods for the Languedoc, resulting in interesting wines.

2016 Ensedune Petit Verdot: At the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, the Oppidum Romain d’Ensérune dominates the terroir of the Ensédune wines. It is characterized by one of the warmest and dryest climates of France located at the west of Béziers. Proud of a 1000 year tradition, the Ensérune winegrowers were keen to develop their vineyards by acclimatizing grape varieties from various horizons. Created by teamwork, the Ensédune range is the product of generations of collaboration by winegrowers and presents unusual grape varieties for mono-varietal wines. 100 % Petit Verdot. A Bordeaux grape variety recommended in the Gironde region for its resistance to powdery mildew, it is the last to be harvested (late-harvesting with a very long growth cycle, hence its name “petit vert”, meaning “little green”). It needs water and heat, and is not very drought-resistant. The grapes are harvested towards the end of the morning and taken to traditional tanks in the winery for seeding with selected yeasts. Extraction is carried out by alternating pneumatic crushing, pumping over and gravity rack-and-return operations. When the required level of bouquet and concentration is reached, the wine is left to macerate in the tank for three to four weeks to obtain the optimal concentration of the extract before pressing and malolactic fermentation.

Varietal: 100% Petit Verdot

Alcohol: 12.5%

Tasting Notes: Very colourful, peppery, spicy and fragrant, a connoisseur’s wine. Fruity (raspberry, wild strawberry, citrus fruits) and floral (licorice, peony, juniper berry) notes.

Food Pairings: Best served with grilled red meats or with a cheeseboard. Serve between 18°C and 20°C

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Big rich layers of spice and intensity. Best served with lamb or beef.

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