The Vineyard stretches at the heart of the famous Terrasses du Larzac area. First, Romans used to grow vines in this area. Then, the Benedictines monks perpetuated this cultivation while founding Aniane and Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert abbeys at the end of the 9th century. The vineyard lies on the slopes overlooking the high- valley of Hérault gorges, upon the foothills of the Larzac area. That is where Syrah, Grenache and Carignan varieties reach perfect ripening to offer this smart, sleek vintage. The wine is put into vats and maintained at between 25 and 30°C. The extraction, performed via “remontage” (pumping over) and “delestage” (rack and return), is a gentle process that provides the wine with only the silkiest tannins. The wine matures in a medium toast French oak barrels during 6 months.
Wines from Vianney Castan
Veema GSM AOP Languedoc 2016
Blend: 45% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre
Aging: 6 months in new French Oak
Hailing from Terrasses du Larzac, and neighboring the legendary Mas de Daumas Gassac, Veema’s time-honored and harmonious combination of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre offer an engaging wine that preserves the boldness and complexity of that blend. Leather and smoked meat give a brawny edge to a nose of pure, fragrant black fruit, brown spice, vanilla, and violets. A crack of grip braces one for the rush of robust plum and saturated boysenberry that courses across the palate, gaining power and peppery depth on the way to a long, savory finish laced with anise, espresso, and a bloody tang of iron. Substantial enough to stand up to pappardelle with lamb ragú while remaining easy enough drinking to demand another glass or two.
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