Château des Estanilles lies between the Mediterranean and the foothills of the Espinouse and Cévennes mountains, in the hamlet of Lenthéric; it is part of the commune of Cabrerolles, one of the seven villages of the Faugères appellation.
Our vines stretch across 35 hectares of hillside, at 300 metres altitude, on some of the appellation’s best quality soil; the name of the domaine comes from the Estagnols and Fontanilles plots.
[Domaine du château des estanilles]
In summer, the Estanilles vines are easy to recognise; Cordon de Royat-pruned, their orderly trellising allows each leaf to capture the maximum amount of sun, which is then transformed into noble tannins and aromas, stored within each grape.
We have always had an affinity for the organic approach. We have never used weed killer or chemical fertilizers, and we limit intervention in the vineyard and winery to the minimum. We began our conversion to official organic status in 2008, and in 2010 our wines will carry the AB (Agriculture Biologique - Organic Agriculture) label.
In 2010 our wines will carry the AB (Agriculture Biologique - Organic Agriculture) label.
A blend of 3 varieties:
45% Marsanne, 45% Roussanne,
[l'impertinent blanc] Vinification
Grapes are hand-harvested at optimum maturity, sorted and pressed as whole bunches.
Cold racked, fermented in stainless steel tanks and raised on lees for 6 months.
6,000 bottles (75cl).
Lemon yellow robe and a pronounced, floral nose with white fruit and exotic fruit aromas.
Well-balanced and mineral, with a touch of gunflint that is complemented by light floral notes of verbena and lime, and a hint of exotic and citrus fruit.
Serving & cellaring
Serve between 8 and 10°C.
Can be aged for over 5 years.