Chateau líHospitalet La Reserve red has a deep ruby-red colour.
Soft and balanced in the mouth, this cuveehas the generous fruitiness of jam, black cherries and red currants accompanied with notes of liquorice, gingerbread and grilled notes.
Complex and aromatic, this wine offers fine tannins.
Elegant and tasty, it isready to drink now or at any time in the next ten years.
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Situated on the coast, Chateau de líHospitalet looks down on the Mediterranean from a height of a hundred metres. Having a semi-arid Mediterranean climatewith mild winters, the vineyard enjoys exceptional climatic conditions: the quantity of sunshine and the heat stored during the day by the limestone and released to the grapes at night, and the effect of the Mediterranean which reduces temperature differences and the altitude which counteracts the summer heat.
Two types of soil contribute to the generosity, aromatic complexity and livelinessand freshness of this cuvee: the Gargasian marl-limestone at the foot of the cliff isrich in fossils and provides water to the vine stocks all through summer in spite of the absence of summer rain; and the red Mediterranean soil from the Barremian period, formed on compact grey-blue limestone and reclaimedfrom the garrigue, enables the production of rich and concentrated wines. The grapes are cultivated using sustainable methods that respect the Terra Vitis procedure, guaranteeing the traceability of growing practices which are verified by an independent body.
Wine maker notes
This vineyard was designed to achieve a high level of quality. All the wine-growing decisions are geared toward this, from the choice of stocks at planting to the North-South orientation of the rows (to benefit more effectively from the light), and the choice of training method with short pruning (Royat cordon) on trellises.
Yields are moderate, about 35 hl/ha, and we obtain ripe, healthy and concentrated grapes that easily yield up their colour and aromas in the fermentation and maceration phase as they ripen slowly.
The grapes are harvested manually when they have reached optimal ripeness and taken to the cellar in wooden tubs. Some of the Syrah is vinified using carbonic maceration. The Grenache and the Mourvedre are destemmed and placed in stainless steel vats with a regulated temperature for traditional maceration over a period of 20 to 25 days. The different grape varieties are vinified separately.
At the end of the winter, the wines are racked, blended and placed in 225 litre barrels in the barrel cellar of Chateau líHospitalet for a period of 12 months.
Morin harkens back to the past, with the certainty that great wine can only be made from low yields and grapes that are harvested by hand. In every vintage (with his severe pruning and selection at harvest); on average, Morin has a meager 40 hl/ha. For us he sets aside his oldest vines from various parcels, including Chene Marchand which make the richest most intense wine he offers. This Vieilles Vignes cuvee is very ripe, complex, and just the paradigm of Sancerre on the nose. Linger over the bouquet, and judge every other Sancerre you experience by this. On the palate it is concentrated, tight, profound, with a perfect web of fruit and mineral tones and exquisite finish.