Chateaux Spencer la Pujade Accueil

La P'tite Soeur (75 cl or 150 cl)

Grape Variety
80% Syrah, 20% Grenache

Terroir / Soils
The vineyard lies within an amphitheatre of slopes surrounded by pine trees and garrigue in the Coribieres foothills, on the boundary of the Cru Boutenac. The soils are mainly clay-limestone, but atypically contain also aeolian sand. Altitude 300m.
The grapes for this cuvée come from a sandy hillside parcel of old vines (over 50 years) on a hillside slope. This terroir helps to give high quality fruit with graceful tannins.

Viticulture
Sustainable viticulture (‘culture raisonnée’). Organic fertilizers only; no systemic treatments – all interventions according to need, based on observation and analysis. Gobelet training with wire trellising for wind protection; low yields (35 hl/ha). Carefully harvested at full ripeness.

Vinification
Destemming. Natural fermentation with indigenous yeasts and temperature control. Maceration 20-25 days, malolactic fermentation sur marc. 14° vol.

Maturation
Racking (3 times) prior to maturation in new and old French oak barrels for 9 months. Light filtration; bottled at the château.

Tasting note
Rich and juicy on the palate with ripe red and black fruits, hints of spice and a touch of smokiness. Well balanced and mouthfilling, with velvety tannins and satisfying finish.

Serving suggestions : red meat dishes, grills, cheese.
Serve 18°C. Drink now to 2015.

New cuvée in 2013 : Vintage 2011