DOMAINE L’ORCHIS POURPRE – CUVEE CHARLESTON – SAINT CHINIAN
Grape varieties: 50% grenache, 50% Syrah
The wine story
The story of this wine is a story of friendship. Sylvie, Nicolas and François were looking to buy a vineyard together and visited about twenty places. This domain was just what they wanted: not too big, not too small, and in the right region. They bought it in 2018 and gave it a new name, l’Orchis, from a purple wild orchid that grows in the vineyards in Spring. It is a 30-acre, single piece of land on a schist and clay plateau, oriented to the south east and surrounded by nature.
The grapes are hand-picked early in the morning and carefully fermented in controlled temperature.
They make several wines – red, white, and rosé – with musical names. Opera is white; Twist is rosé; and Salsa and Tango are red! Charleston is their prestige brand and the only one aged in oak barrels.
This wine will pair well with roasted or barbecued beef, game and liver pâté. It also is excellent with blue cheese, or try it with pizza and pasta with Bolognese sauce.
Saint Chinian is one the many appellations of the Languedoc Region. It is the largest wine area in France, extending from the old Roman city of Nimes to the Spanish border. There are many different types of soils, and its hilly landscape results in varied climates. The local wind, called Tramontane, which means coming from the mountain, brings some coolness in the hot, dry summers. Here the vines can send their roots through the friable schist soil down to 7 or 8 meters to find water.
A subtle mix of flower and fruit.
Cherry and mango with a hint of cocoa in the end.