Big rocks called “tetes de mort” head of dead people or skulls. Domaine Saint Sylvestre in Puechabon. Terrasses de Larzac. Languedoc. Vines trained in Gobelet pruning. Young Mourvedre grape vine variety. Terroir soil. France. Europe. Vineyard. Soil with stones rocks. Galets.
Domaine Saint Sylvestre, Puéchabon, Languedoc, France, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine — This is only a selection of samples. Use Image SEARCH to find more photos — Domaine Saint Sylvestre is a small family wine estate in the Puechabon village, close to Aniane, north of Montpellier in the Languedoc region in the south of France. It was created in 2010 and is run by Vincent Guizard (who previously worked at his cousin’s winery Domaine Montcalmes) and wife Sophie. It takes its name from a small church called Eglise Saint Sylvestre des Brousses de Montcalmès. (Curiously, all three parts of the name of that church has been used as names for wine estates.)
The vineyards of Domaine Saint Sylvestre are in several different parcels. Some is on an amazingly barren and stony soil, similar to the galets roulés in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, only with even bigger rocks. This is called the défriche de rouge and was cleared to plant vines in the early 2000s. Other vineyards have clay and limestone soil. The vineyards are planted with syrah, grenache and mourvèdre grapes. There is also some white grape varieties: chardonnay, roussanne, marsanne, and viognier. Care is taken to limit the yields in the vineyard and no more than 15-20 hl/ha is produced.
The vinification is traditional, with each grape variety fermented separately. Natural yeast is left to do its work for the fermentation; extraction of aromas from the grape must is helped with some punching down and some pumping over. The wine also gets some aging in oak barrel.
Writing this in early 2012 the Domaine Saint Sylvestre has not yet released any wines in bottle.
(Note: the photos are from 2007 when this vineyard was still part of the Domaine Montcalmes and Vincent Guizard was active at that winery, which explains the presence of Frederic Pourtalie on some of the photos.)
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