Vin d'Altitude Rouge - AOP Cotes du Rousillon
Whilst roaming the Roussillon, Jeff Carrel and Sebastien Calduch discovered Ansignan on the other side of Occitanie, and the vines that had long resisted their desires. Bunches of grapes in Goblet form on small plots of land, taking you back to the crazy years of the 80s, a hilltop covered with Syrah, in an unlikely place in the middle of nowhere.
Everything was to be ripped out, becoming woods after 150 years of human passion on these last plots of vineyards before the ‘Canigou’, sacred mountain of the catalans. Under the charm of such a find and what it represented in terms of wine heritage, they made the decision to take up the challenge of the vineyards and the land, renaming the estate Domaine d'Ansignan.
The first vintage released by the estate is the 2016 DSM Vin d’altitude.
18 hectares of vineyards, some are over 100 years old, spread out over 4 different geographical locations:
Le Camp de l’Argent, Les Dolmens, La Garrigue and Taupels.
Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Lledoner Pelut.
On the unique granite soils of Ansignan, between 280 and 400 meters above sea level, in an area man has lived for more than 4000 years: Dolmens (ancient tombs), stone age blast furnaces, a Roman bridge rebuilt during the Middle Ages, and of course vineyards.
3 people, 1 from the village of Ansignan, work these vines in the heart of Fenouillèdes.
3 families revitalizing a village in the Pyrenées Orientales. Bringing in people to look after the vines, the countryside walls, the pathways, the flowers, the birds, the school, the bar, and why not a herd of animals, herb gardens and beehives for tomorrow… It’s all about rehabilitating land to revive our heritage.
Cotes du Roussillon
The vineyard spans over 102 communes in the Eastern Pyrenees and covers 4 351 acres. It is a vast amphitheater limited on the East by the Mediterranean, by the Albères mountain range and Spain on the South, the foothills of the Canigou on the West and the Corbières on the North. This territory is crossed by 3 rivers – the Agly, the Têt and the Tech – which have carved the land into hills and stacked terraces.
Red wines only. At least 2 varietals among Black Carignan, Black Grenache, Lladoner Pelut, Syrah, Mourvèdre, the most important of which should be ≤ 70 %.
All the terroirs of Roussillon, including among others: granitic and gneissic sandy soil, brown and black schist in the Fenouillèdes mountains in the North-Western part of the department. Red clay-limestone soil and limestone in the foothills of the Corbières. Rocky terraces on the left bank of the Têt. Altitude between 100 et 400 meters.
Powerful and complex wines, Côtes du Roussillon Villages are suitable for ageing.