IGP Pays d'Hérault Clos Maia Le Petit Clos Information
About the domain
Having learned her craft with Olivier Jullien, a regionally recognised figure from the Domaine du Pas de l'Escalette, Géraldine Laval set up her base on the Terrasses du Larzac some ten years ago (2009). She carefully maintains her four-hectare vineyard without chemical treatments, intending to obtain organic certification. The same is true in the cellars, where she conducts vinification with as little intervention as possible. In this way, she produces highly refined wines which reflect their terroir, consisting of Languedoc grape varieties and limestone-clay soils.
About the cuvée
Le Petit Clos is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan cultivated to organic standards (but not currently certified as such). They undergo alcoholic fermentation in whole bunches, and are then lightly extracted in concrete tanks. The wine is matured for 12 months in concrete tanks. It reveals itself through fresh, fruity notes. The tannins are refined; this is a thirst-quenching wine, to be drunk young and fruity.
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General : The «bio» designation covers certified wines produced by biodynamic or organic methods, sustainably produced wines, and «environmentally friendly» wines that are not officially certified. These designations apply to recent vintages (the date of certification, if known, is specified in the estate description). See the blog article for more information on this designation.
Biodynamic : The «biodynamic» designation is used for all estates certified as using biodynamic methods, as verified by one of the two official bodies, Demeter or Biodyvin. All wines produced by biodynamic methods are also certified as organic. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Organic : The «organic» designation covers all estates certified as using organic methods, as verified by one of the bodies approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, such as Ecocert. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Sustainable : The «sustainable» designation covers all estates certified as using integrated or High Environmental Value (level 3 Environmental Certification) techniques. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Evironmentally friendly : The «environmentally friendly» designation refers to estates practising environmentally friendly wine-growing techniques, but that have not opted for certification or who are still in the process of converting to organic agriculture or biodynamics. These estates may have adopted biodynamic principles (non-certified) or simply no longer use chemical products. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Natural : Wines which are produced without any added sulfur (or almost any) and with no other inputs. However, given that there is no official body to issue the natural wine label, it is based on winemakers’ statements. This designation applies to recent vintages.