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KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT

Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Vin de Pays d’Oc Blanc “La Bégou”
Primarily Grenache Gris Some Grenache Blanc 50 - 60 years Limestone, Schist Approximately 11 ha
Corbières Rosé “Métisse”
30% Cinsault, 30% Grenache Noir, 20% Carignan, 20% Grenache Blanc 80 yrs Limestone, schist Approximately 11 ha
Vin de Pays d’Oc Rouge “La Démarrante”
Carignan, Cinsault 50 - 60 years Sandy limestone, schist Approximately 11 ha
Corbières Rouge “Rozeta”
Field blend with mostly Carignan; also Grenache Syrah Grenache Gris Macabou Terret 50 - 60 years Limestone and Schist with fissured rock Approximately 11 ha
Corbières Rouge “Campagnès”
Field blend of 95% Carignan; also Grenache Syrah Grenache Gris Macabou Terret > 100 years Clay and limestone Approximately 11 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Sheep graze throughout vineyards to control weeds and provide manure to fertilize vines

• Certified organic, but also incorporates biodynamic practices

• Vines all planted in gobelet style

• Farms area of Hautes Corbières, a sub-appellation within A.O.C. Corbières that borders Fitou, and sits at a higher elevation with very rocky terrain

• Vinifies using whole cluster fermentation

• No sulfur used during vinification


Corbières Rosé “Métisse”:

• Grenache Noir, Carignan, and Grenache Blanc are vinified together

• Cinsault is vinified separately (different harvest date)

• Whole cluster fermentation lasting 10 to 12 days

• Vinification in cement, raised for 6 months in 6 to 8 year old barrels


Vin de Pays d’Oc Rouge “La Démarrante”:

• Aged in both cuve and foudre


Corbières Rouge “Rozeta”:

• Grapes from field blend are picked and fermented together

• Ages wine in previously used Burgundian barrels from a producer in Chassagne-Montrachet


Corbières Rouge “Campagnès”:

• Grapes from field blend are picked and fermented together

• Ages wine in previously used Burgundian barrels from a producer in Chassagne-Montrachet


MISCELLANEA

As in many regions in France now, Magnon’s vineyards sit above a sea of cave cooperative vineyards in the lower lands which are trained on wires and planted for maximum productivity. He is a young guy reaching back to the history of the appellation for his inspiration, while using new (although natural) winemaking techniques such as carbonic maceration. Buying his wines supports a young generation trying to do the right thing for the land by protecting the old vineyards and terroirs.


Dixon Brooke, KLWM


But the first question to pose here might be, what is a Campagnès? It is the name of a parcel of vines on a slope above the lovely river Berre in the Corbières. It is 100% Carignan*, gang, 100 years old! Magnon’s style reminds me of Jean Foillard’s in Morgon. Magnon is the southern Foillard. The wine’s fruit is delicious, lovely and deep. It is not inky, alcoholic, or torturously tannic. There is a lot of wine in the wine, and every moment is created to please. You have an impression of little wild berries giving their all, and an incredibly silky texture.


Kermit Lynch


* “Campagnès” is a field blend of 95% Old vine Carignan co-planted and co-fermented with Grenache, Syrah, Grenache Gris, Macabou, and Terret.

General Information

Country
France
Region
Languedoc-Roussillon
Appellation(s)
Vin de Pays de la Vallée du Paradis, Corbières
Producer
Maxime Magnon
Founded
2002
Annual Production
1,700 cases
Farming
Organic

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