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KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT

Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Saint-Chinian Blanc
20% Grenache blanc, 25% Marsanne, 25% Roussanne, 15% Bourboulenc, 10% Viognier, 5% Clairette 20 years Marl, Limestone 16 ha total
Saint-Chinian Rosé
55% Mourvèdre, 35% Cinsault, 10% Syrah Cinsault: 50 years,
Mourvèdre: 25 years,
Syrah: 22 years
Marl, Limestone 16 ha total
Vin de Pays d'Oc
70% Cabernet Franc, 30% Syrah Cabernet Franc: 25 years,
Syrah: 20 years
Marl, Clay, Limestone,
Trias Sandstone
16 ha total
Saint-Chinian Rouge
“Causse de Bousquet”
74% Syrah, 6% Grenache, 4% Cinsault, 6% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan Syrah: 15/25 years
Grenache: 25 years,
Mourvèdre: 15/25 years
Marl, Clay, Limestone 16 ha total
Saint-Chinian Rouge
“Clos de la Simonette”
65% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, 15% Carignan Grenache: 25 years,
Mourvèdre: 15/25 years
Marl, Clay, Limestone 16 ha total
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Sustainably farmed grapes (80% of the vineyard is farmed with organic practices)
• Harvested by hand
• Natural yeasts used during fermentation

Saint-Chinian Blanc :
• 50% of wine is fermented in 1 to 2 year old, 350L oak barrels, 50% fermented in stainless steel and ceramic tanks
• Aged in barrel and tank, on fine lees, with light stirring, for 11 months

Saint-Chinian Rosé:

• Grapes for rosé are picked earlier to retain aromatic freshness and lower alcohol content
• Juice obtained by direct press
• Wine goes through malolactic fermentation

Saint-Chinian Rouge “Causse de Bousquet” :

• Most of the fruit is sourced from a lieu-dit called Le Bosquet
• Grapes undergo a cold maceration, followed by 3-6 weeks in cuve
• 100% of grapes are de-stemmed
• The syrah is aged in barrels, the others grapes are aged in demi-muids for at least 12 months, and then blended and aged in cuve for 8 months
• Bottled unfined and unfiltered

Saint-Chinian Rouge “Clos de la Simonette” :

• Aged for 18 months in demi-muids after a long maceration
• Bottled unfined and unfiltered

MISCELLANEA

Isabelle Champart has been crafting some of the cleanest yet most soulful wines in the Languedoc for more than a decade.


David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate


Isabelle and Mathieu Champart represent much of what is right and good in the wine business. They’re talented, industrious, modest, and totally devoted to what they do. When asked by a visitor if they had children, Isabelle swept her hand across the outside of their winery and answered immediately, “Look around. This is my child.”


Bruce Neyers, KLWM

General Information

Country
France
Region
Languedoc-Roussillon
Appellation(s)
Vin de Pays d’Oc, Saint-Chinian
Producer
Isabelle & Mathieu Champart
Founded
1976
Annual Production
3,300 - 3,700 cases
Farming
Lutte Raisonnée
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