Andrew Guard

2020 Les Haut de Carols (Cinsault), La Terrasse d'Elise

Xavier Braujou created the Terrasse d'Elise estate in 1998 by building up a vineyard of around ten hectares on the great terroirs of Aniane. His vines are planted with Roussanne, Marsanne, Carignan, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault.

By virtue of hard work and passion, he has succeeded in putting in place all the components needed to produce incredibly authentic wines, true to their origin. All the Terrasse d'Elise vintages are produced with hand harvesting, from old vines with very small but concentrated yields of 20 to 25hl/ha. The resulting wines show exceptional finesse, elegance, texture, freshness and beautiful aromatics. The wines are all labelled IGP vin de pays de l'Hérault as all the reds with the exception of one are made from a single variety.
A domain to follow very closely...

Cinsault is a passion of Xavier's and this is his finest example, the name of the Cuvee is after the lieu-dit it comes from, a secluded parcel of old vines nestled amongst forest away from it all. This has extended elevage and is released as a vintage older than the other wines. This has everything that the Pradel has but more, and without sacrificing the beautiful freshness and elegance. This is complex and utterly compelling, brambly red fruit, fennel and thyme - superb tannins and focus and super purity on the finish. A beautiful wine