This week’s 20% off bottle special is Yannick Pelletier’s Saint Chinian “l’engoulevent” 2013.
Yannick Pelletier’s estate currently consists of 10 hectares in the Saint Chinian, the oldest wine region, or AOC, in the Languedoc. He has been working these mostly old vines since January 2004. The parcels are relatively distant from each other which lets him take advantage of many different types of terroirs: 65% schist, 23% clay and limestone and 12% round stones. The youngest vines are 15, the oldest 70. The vines are all converted to organic agriculture. For the most part Yannick does goblet pruning in the vine, and the soil is worked with one or two plowings and a possible hoeing by hand. He fertilizes the soil with an organic compost; about 500 to 1500 kilos per hectare. Yannick’s guiding principle in the winemaking process is to preserve the integrity of the grapes and wine: manual everything, use of gravity to rack, and indigenous yeast fermentations. If the grapes are clean, pure, healthy and of good quality, he sees no reason to alter them with chemicals or oenology.
L’Engoulevent is a blend of Grenache (40%) Syrah (30%) and Carignan (30%). Part of the Carignan goes through carbonic maceration. Aged 18 months in cement vats, it has deep dark pitted fruits framed by leather and those lovely smell of Provençal flora that is called garrigue. What really makes Pelletier’s wines stand out among Languedoc wines is the lift provided by good acidity thanks to his carefully chosen terroirs which makes it an excellent match for a wide array of dishes. We particularly like it with our Merguez sausage, but it would be fabulous with any of our house made charcuterie or meat entrées!
Regular price: $48
Discounted price: $38