The Pic Saint-Loup
appellation is a sub-regional appellation of the Coteaux du Languedoc, but it is in the process of becoming an AOC in its own right. The Pic Saint-Loup appellation area spans 13 communes in the Hérault and the Gard: Cazevielle, Claret, Corconne, Fontanès, Lauret, Les Matelles, Sainte-Croix-de-Quintillargues, Saint-Gély- du-Fesc, Saint-Jean-de-Cuculles, Saint-Mathieu-de-Tréviers, Sauteyrargues, le Triadou, Valflaunès.
The Pic Saint-Loup vineyards back onto the first Cevennes foothills in the Garrigue scrubland north of Montpellier, 30 km from the Mediterranean coast. The vineyards cover an area of around 900 hectares, which permits an annual production of around 23,000 hectolitres of wine. The Pic Saint-Loup (658 metres) and the Causse de l'Hortus (512 metres) mountains dominate a landscape whose elevations rise to around 150m. Several soils have been identified in the appellation area and the wines express themselves through their particular characteristics: hard limestone, soft limestone, conglomerates, dolomites, limestone scree of fluvial or cryoclastic origin, or marl. There are significant variations in temperature in the Pic-Saint-Loup area during the grapes' ripening cycle, especially in summer when the days are hot and the nights, cool.
The wines of Saint-Loup are red or rosé wines made from the main grape varieties of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre Noir. A blend of at least two of the main varieties is mandatory and can be complemented by Cinsault and Carignan (the latter only for red wines). Pic Saint-Loup wine lovers will find the characteristics of these grape varieties in the wines produced by Domaine de l'Hortus, Château de Cazeneuve, Château de Lancyre, Domaine Clos Marie and Château Puech-Haut.
More informations on the website of the wines of Pic Saint-Loup