Domaine de la Grangette
In the Middle Ages, the domaine formed part of the estate of the Baron de Guers, and was farmed to to feed the many horseman housed at the château. Viticulture dates back to before the French Revolution - you can still see the very old stone tanks with walls over a meter thick. After having overcome various crises, including phyloxerra, the domaine stabilized after 1930 remaining in the hands of the same family for many generations. In 2001, the Moret family took over and have concentrated their efforts to uphold and upgrade the quality and standards in order that the Domaine can be "connu et reconnu".
The domaine is situated on the edge of the route from Castelnau de Guers to Pinet, five kilometres from the sea, along a 300 meter avenue of old maritime pine trees which lead you to La Grangette. The buildings of the Domaine are grouped around the house, typical in style of a Languedoc mas, sheltered from the north winds by tall, densely planted pines. Access is through the arched porchway leading onto a large lime-shaded courtyard which leads into the house, cellars and tasting room. The Domaine stretches over 60 hectares which includes 10 hectares of pine forests. The terroir originates from old lakes and seas and is composed of hard and soft limestone. Of the 50 cultivable hectares, 40 are actually planted with vines, of which 10 are new plantings. These vineyards are divided equally between a zone of deep alluvial soils and the other of hillside and garrigue classified as terroir A.O.C. Picpoul de Pinet. The remaining 10 hectares are properly maintained and the planting of cereal crops allows a vineyard to be replanted after a rest period of five years.
The domaine practices sustainable agriculture, and the philosophy is to work organically allowing the regeneration of the soil with ground cover in between every other row to decompress the ground after harvest, digging in the cuttings after pruning in winter and then mechanically cleaning and rotating the soil at the end of July.
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Picpoul de Pinet
100% Picpoul. Hand gathered at night; Density 40 hl/ha. Production: 20-25,000 bottles/year.