Winemaking has been in the Cantons family for generations. Domaines Gilles Cantons owns 40ha of vineyards spread across the heart of the Languedoc. Gilles himself owns Château Fontanche and buys grapes in to make his Picpoul de Pinet Les Roches Saintes which are are both new to our list this year.
Bordered to the south by the Étang de Thau, famous for oysters and to the north by the limestone reliefs of the Hérault gorges, the soils of the vineyards here are clay sandstone slopes and red clay. Gilles Cantons oversees the winemaking from vine to glass from daily maturity checks, nightime harvesting followed by meticulous vinification.
In the village of Quarante, the vineyards of Château Fontanche lie on a plateau 190 meters above sea level and are home to some very old vines. The Grenache, Syrah and Carignan grapes that go into The Uyères are from 60 year old vines and are blended to produce this intense, fruity and generous red.
Domaine de l’Estagnol is located in the foothills of the Cévennes, 40 kilometers northwest of Montpellier. The vineyard is cooled by the prevailing north and north westerly winds and the Tramontane breezes can be felt in Montpeyroux while calm reigns in the neighbouring villages. This influence typically brings great freshness to the wines of the domaine.