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Le Grand Pas
Appellation: Terrasses du Larzac
Varietal: Grenache with Carignan and Syrah
Vineyards: Single, high elevation parcel (400 m) called Le Caillou.
Orientation: Western exposure
Principal soil type: Clay and limestone
For Delphine and Julien Zernott, Le Grand Pas represents the pinnacle of their Languedoc adventure. Originating from a single high elevation parcel called Le Caillou, owing to the abundance of stones, each year it re-invigorates the winemaking couple, given the circumstances of the vintage, the character of the Grenache and the supporting varietals. In all cases, it is a grand wine, complex and elegant.
Complexity and depth of flavors on one hand while displaying surprising freshness and levity on the other. A striking mix of dark, iodine laced fruit, raspberry, blackberry and even cassis runs parallel to a kaleidoscope of mineral nuances that go from iodine and blood to crushed rock and beef juices. It should be noted that for all its concentration of flavors, this is not a particularly compact wine. While there is structure to last a decade if needed, it displays remarkable transparency and finesse. If there were a Grand Cru designation in the Languedoc, this parcel would easily classify.
Le Grand Pas fact sheet (PDF)
Ze RozéThe pale pink color of this rosé foils its vibrantly hued aromatics. Brilliantly perfumed with wild strawberry, thyme and soft florals…
Les Petits PasSaturated bright red-ruby color. Lively aromas and flavors of black cherry, licorice, pepper, spice and lavender, some would say garrigue.
Les ClapasOld-vines carignan blended with grenache, cinsault and syrah yields a lovely wine that seems to offer an escape to France in every sip.
Le Grand PasWhile there is structure to last a decade if needed, it displays remarkable transparency and finesse. If there were a Grand Cru designation in the Languedoc, this parcel would easily classify.