In the palette of the great wines produced today in Languedoc-Roussillon, the wines of St Chinian hold a
place apart. They belong to those famous crus which, over the decades, have confirmed their
status as "vins de coteaux", its terraced hillside vineyards built up like the serried ranks of an
amphitheatre facing towards the sea. In addition to this Mediterranean influence, the region is graced
by the mountains of the Espinouse and the Caroux which surround it, reaching a height of more than 1000 metres.
These topographical features combine to endow the region with a microclimate which is a key factor in the high
quality of its wines.
The St Chiniannais is then a region of coteaux situated at an altitude of between 100 and 3OO metres,
much of it south-facing. It covers a surface area of 6500 hectares, of which today about half is consecrated
to the production of AOC (appellation contrôlée) Saint-Chinian.
The structure and aromatic complexity of the Saint-Chinian wines vary from vineyard to vineyard and from
cépage to cépage, each mix providing a marriage of flavours
The cépages Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre constitute the majority of grapes grown
(60%), most often married with Carignan in the case of the red wines and with Cinsault in the case
of the rosés.
Flavours and aromas of
heathland, of pine, of broom and of laburnum. The young supple reds, tender and fruity, with sometimes a hint of
violet, of laurel and of spices, go well with white meat, roasted poultry or grilled lamb and
is best drunk two or three years after harvesting. As for the richer wines, full-bodied and spicy,
served at the right temperature (16-18°), they are ideal with daubes of the region
and above all with locally-caught game.
is preferably drunk young, in the year of the harvest. Aromatic and fruity, served
at a temperature of 11-13°, it is the ideal accompaniment to good charcuterie or to
The St Chinian appellation
is limited to an area that extends over twenty communes: CREISSAN, CEBAZAN, FERRIÈRES-POUSSAROU, BABEAU-BOULDOUX, PRADES-SUR-VERNAZOBRES,
SAINT NAZAIRE DE LADAREZ, MURVIEL-LES-BEZIERS, SAINT-CHINIAN, CRUZY, QUARANTE,
VILLESPASSANS, CESSENON-SUR-ORB, CAUSSES-ET-VEYRAN, ROQUEBRUN, ASSIGNAN, BERLIU,
PUISSERGUIER, PIERRERUE, CAZEDARNES and VIEUSSAN.