Overview of the Wine
Acquired in 1937, by Élisabeth's grandmother, Paule MARTIN-GRANEL, Château l'Argentier had been ran by André & Raymond MARTIN (Paule's sons) from 1937 to 1983.
In 1983 they were joined by Élisabeth JOURDAN (Raymond's daugther) and her husband François. Born and raised in Burgundy, François learned his winemaking and viticulture at the Clos de Malte in Santenay.
Immediatly convinced by the high viticultural potential of « l'Argentier » terroir, the young couple decided to replant new vineyards of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre and to rebuild the old cellar. In 1987 the estate was entirely classified under the new AOC Coteaux du Languedoc. Since then, their vineyards had been classified under two new Languedoc denomination (« Sommières » & « Grès de Montpellier ») and their wines had gained international recognition from the trade.
Young Languedoc wine pioneers during the 80's, Élisabeth and François Jourdan are now figures of the Languedoc fine wines revolution.
Grape / Blend
Organic Cinsault from a single vineyard in Herault, in the hills west of Montpellier, planted in 1969, fermented and aged in concrete. On the light side of medium bodied with silky red fruit and fresh flowers. Throw it in the fridge for a bit and drink with something spicy.
90 Points - Ian Blackburn
Are you in an old world kind of mood? This Old Vine Cinsault is a great find; a total bargin. Light red gentle color, fresh and soft, muted earth, leaf, forrest floor - presented in a pinot noir style at first with a wonderful cranberry, and crunchy cherry skin character and some really nice fruit detail. At this wines price - you typically do not have such wonderful balance and freshness. This wine is light, but so pleasant! Color is 13/15 (fresh), Aroma is 22/25 (Crunchy fruit, earth and spices), Body is 21/25 (light and nicely balanced) Overall is 33/35 - very enjoyable! A 90 point old world charmer for less than $20!
Product size: 750ml