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On the occasion of the transition to the 21st century, Jean Christophe Granier (5th generation) breathed a new era into this family estate created in 1868. He renamed it "Domaine les Grandes Costes", named after the hills next to the family house. He then tore up the old varieties of vines for the benefit of Syrah and Grenache, and started producing them...Lire plus Learn more
On the occasion of the transition to the 21st century, Jean Christophe Granier (5th generation) breathed a new era into this family estate created in 1868. He renamed it "Domaine les Grandes Costes", named after the hills next to the family house. He then pulled out the old varieties of vines for Syrah and Grenache, and began producing and selling bottled wines. 19 hectares of the property now stand on the estate.
The vines, which are between 20 and 50 years old, are made up of four typically Mediterranean grape varieties: Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah. With his brother Guillaume, Jean-Christophe produces complex, fruity wines that are faithful to their stony soil in the Haut Languedoc. Their bias is correctness and sincerity.
Located in Vacquières since 1868, Domaine les Grandes Costes is above all a family story, passed on from generation to generation. It is therefore quite naturally that Jean Christophe and Guillaume wanted to share a part of their childhood and history through their wines.
That's why they have created two different ranges, each reflecting a different aspect of their family heritage. Mas Canaille wines are wines that appeal to their childhood memories, from the time when their grandfather nicknamed them that way. The range is composed of three aromatic, tonic wines, which could be defined as wines of thirst.
They are vinified and bottled in accordance with the specifications of the IGP Saint Guilhem le Désert Val de Montferrand appellation, on which the vines are planted, and the wines of Domaine les Grandes Costes are part of a heritage that draws on the richness of the soil to reflect the typicity and pure expression of the Languedoc and Pic St Loup grape varieties. These are elegant, complex and emblematic vintages that tell the history of the estate. To produce these vintages it is necessary to meet more complex specifications.
For me, being a winegrower means making authentic, elegant and fruity wines that require involvement, rigour and constancy. Finding the right balance for a wine requires constant attention. Everything starts in the vineyard where the choice and quality of the raw material are essential. The limestone soils with little clay are the most suitable for the production of fruity and seductive wines. The clayey limestone soils (red and brown soils) are reserved for more full-bodied wines. The blending of these wines from different parcels allows us to obtain wines of high expression. To achieve this result, it is necessary to make choices and observe some rules.