MORE ABOUT OUR VINEYARDS
The vineyards have been carefully selected to create a balanced mix of schiste soils, good drainage, good aspect and a mix of young and very old vines. The vineyards are organic, which means no chemical herbicides or fungicides are used. Only organic fertiliser is used to replenish the soil.
Domaine la Sarabande is a relatively modest domaine with 9.5 Ha spread over 4 vineyard sites
MONT GROS – GRENACHE
This vineyard sits between the hamlets of La Liquiere and Lentheric in the commune of Cabrerolles. Mont Gros, the fat hill, dominates this region and our Grenache vineyards sit on the southern slope. With an elevation of about 220m, it has a long ripening period and great drainage. These vines crop low but the fruit is always packed full of fresh cherry flavours and an amazing stable acidity.
LOU SAGNAS – SYRAH
Lou Sagnas was the first vineyard that we purchased in 2005. It was planted with cuttings taken from Cornas. It is a young vineyard of Syrah that we have decided to train in goblet form. This is firstly to restrict yield, so the vines don’t stress in this arid enviroment, and also so that the fruit receives more shade during ripening. This is becoming increasingly important as the summer heatwaves become more regular!
The name of our main collection of vines, situated just outside the hamlet of Lentheric. The vines were planted in the mid 90’s after an old patchwork of old vines were ripped up. Luckily for us the Grenache noir and Mourvédre were planted as goblet vines, a times old method that doesn’t involve training the vines on wires. This means that we can limit yield and, therefore, increase quality. A planting of Syrah completes this block of vines. The schiste soil was so difficult to work that they needed dynamite to help break up the rock! Amazing terroir.