Coteaux du Languedoc - Terrasses du Larzac Clos Ventas John Sanderson Information
About the domain
Located in Saint-Jean-de la Blaquière in Languedoc (Terrasses du Larzac), Le Clos Ventas is a very recent domain, created in 2013 by John and Kirsty Sanderson. The 4.5-hectare vineyard is planted with Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc grapes. It is cultivated according to biodynamic principles. Although still young, it has been able to make a name for itself and win over a number of admirers of its very lightly extracted, highly fruity wines.
About the cuvée
This cuvée, from a new and very promising producer, has the very appealing southern aromas of red fruit, aromatic herbs and liquorice. Its velvety and elegant palate has plenty of energy and quite a persistent finish. The wine is made with Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault grapes that have been harvested by hand, fermented in concrete and wooden vats and aged for one year in tronconic wooden vats. This easy-drinking wine is best enjoyed young (within five years) with a dish such as rabbit in tomato and basil sauce.
The information published presents current information on the wine concerned and is not specific to a certain vintage. This text is protected by copyright and it is forbidden to copy without prior written consent from the author.
About the domain & the cuvée
Appellation:Coteaux du Languedoc - Terrasses du Larzac
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.