Languedoc, France

Proprietor: Jean-Benoît Cavalier
Year of Establishment: 1500's
Size of Estate: 45 hectares
Av. bottles/annum: 400,000

Website: http://www.chateau-lascaux.com/

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The quiet isolation of this part of the region, coupled with its proximity to both the sea and the mountains, makes this microclimate so unique. Nestled along the foothills of the Cevennes, a mountain range that sits in the heart of the Midi the vines are protected from the cool Mistral and Tramontagne winds, and bring more rain to an otherwise dry climate. 

 

The stony soil lends finesse and freshness to the wines of Jean-Benoît Cavalier, giving the reds greater ageing potential than Syrah-based wines grown in other Languedoc soils. The proliferation of garrigue certainly is reflected in the aromatics, where notes of laurel, thyme, rosemary, réglisse, and mint are present in the wines.

 

Jean-Benoît is passionate about supporting the richness and diversity of this ecosystem, and the conversion to biodynamic and organic farming was a logical progression for the future of the vineyards and expression in the wines.


 

VINES

St Mathieu

Size
20 hectares
% of your production
45%
Owned
Harvested by hand
Dry grown
Soil/s
Limestone clay
Varieties planted
Syrah, Grenache
Training system
Double cordon
Fertilizer
Biodynamic preparations, manure
Pest control
TBA
Weed control
TBA
When was it converted to natural farming
2006

 

Corconne

Size
25 hectares
% of your production
55%
Owned
Harvested by hand
Dry grown
Soil/s
Limestone gravel
Varieties planted
Syrah, Grenache, Mouvèdre, Cinsault
Training system
Double cordon
Fertilizer
Biodynamic preparations, manure
Pest control
TBA
Weed control
TBA
When was it converted to natural farming
2006

 

 
 

Wines

Pic Saint Loup Les Nobles Pierres

2008
Variety/ies
Syrah, Grenache
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
St Mathieu
Days of skin contact
at least 30
Filtered
One coarse filtering
Fined
No
Elevage
Oak over 600L for at least 12 months
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
37 ppm

Pic Saint Loup Carra Rouge

2014
Variety/ies
Syrah, Grenache
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
St Mathieu (50%) Corconne (50%)
Days of skin contact
at least 30 days
Filtered
One coarse filtering
Fined
No
Elevage
12 months in cement vats
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
30 ppm

Pic Saint Loup Carra Rouge

2013
Variety/ies
Syrah, Grenache
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
St Mathieu (50%) Corconne (50%)
Days of skin contact
at least 30 days
Filtered
One coarse filtering
Fined
No
Elevage
12 months in cement vats
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
59 ppm