“Carlan”, Terrasses du Larzac
Unlike the rest of Olivier’s holdings, which are planted on predominantly limestone soil, “Carlan” features schist, sandstone, and iron, and is planted at 240 meters above sea level. The majority of the vines are 75 years old, with some “younger” vines at around 45 years of age. The blend is 50% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 15% Cinsault, and 10% Syrah. The combination of terroir and cépage give this wine a softer, fruit-forward profile than Mas Jullien’s signature red. A forest floor nose with the whiff of a distant bonfires leads onto a palate of dark berried fruit with hints of chocolate, cassis and violet with tapenade and hedgerow underneath.