Andrew Guard

2021 Pigeonnier (Carignan), 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...

A hearing about this estate for many years, I found a bottle of this wine, 2017 vintage, in Sancerre of all places, and ordered a bottle. Well. that was it - I had to chase these wines down. Carignan can produce dilute rustic wines easily, it takes titanic work to produce wines of beauty and we can see what is possible with the incredibly beautiful wines Maxime Magnon makes in the Hautes Corbieres. My fist note on tasting this was - Super - it had a gleaming, deep colour, completely resonant with sultry aroma and complexity. It really is superbly fresh and juicy and will repay some time in the cellar. Superb