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 5 varieties:
30% Syrah, 20% Grenache,
15% Carignan, 15% Cinsault,
Grapes are hand-harvested at optimum maturity, sorted, destemmed and then crushed.
Raised in tank for 12 months.
Each grape variety is vinified separately and raised accordingly.
50 – 60,000 bottles (75cl).
A robe of deep ruby and an expressive, charming nose of red fruits and lightly peppered spices.
An honest, mineral-style wine with elegant tannins that enhance its freshness, complexity and balance.
Serving & cellaring
Serve between 15 and 18°C.
Open younger vintages an hour before.
Can be aged for 5 – 8 years.