The Chateau de Ciffre estate expands over 70 hectares, of which 33 are planted with vines in the Saint-Chinian AOP, Faugeres AOP and Languedoc AOP appellations. Boasting a history that dates back to Roman times, the estate was formerly the site of a windmill and also once housed a water mill on the banks of the Le Taurou stream. The chateau was renovated in 1992 by the Lesienau family and taken over by Nicolas and Miren de Lorgeril of Maison Lorgeril in 2007. Since then, the Lorgeril family has invested in elevating the wines of Chateau de Ciffre to their highest potential. The vineyard has been certified organic since 2019.
The Chateau de Ciffre 2019 is made from red grapes grown in a terroir of very thin, infertile top soils with outcrops of schist and limestone. These nutrient-poor soils force the vines to dig deep and fight for survival, resulting in remarkable concentration and flavor in the grapes. The Chateau de Ciffre vineyard is certified High Environmental Value Level 3 and is certified organic since 2019.
Vinification and aging
The grapes are harvested at optimal maturity and undergo cold maceration, followed by 20 to 30 days of maceration with gentle extraction.
The Chateau de Ciffre 2019 is made from a blend of 40% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 30% Carignan and 10% Mourvèdre.
The Chateau de Ciffre 2019 displays a dark garnet color in the glass. On the nose, this wine reveals predominantly crisp red fruit aromas, as well as the peppery notes typical of Syrah. On the palate, this Saint Chinian red wine is ample and smooth in texture, with well-rounded tannis.
Food and wine pairing
This Languedoc red blend will pair well with grilled meats, cassoulet, poultry dishes and strong cheeses.