Variety and terroir
La Clape is easy to understand. You only have to have been here once - wandering through the villages and vines - and you are captivated by this former island which has long been connected to the mainland. This is how we felt when we fell in love with the winery many years ago. La Clape encapsulates these unique characteristics: wild beauty, rough landscapes, the garrigue, rugged rocks and unmistakable flora and fauna. Pine forests exist here, the unique centaurea corymbosa - a member of the knapweed family - as well as wild herbs such as rosemary, thyme and lavender.
But there are differences. You can see them when you walk through the vines and from the vineyard out towards the hills. The deeper plots in the hollow of the valley with more fertile soils - a mixture of sand and organic material - produce exquisite wines such as the fruity rosé «Sarriette» , seductive even when very young. The calcium-rich, bright white soil in the hilly areas - the so-called «Coteaux» - is ideal for the Grenache and Carignan poles vines, which are up to 60 years old. At the same time, Syrah, Mourvèdre and the white Bourboulenc grapes grow on clay soil interspersed with typically red stones. The art of the cellar master is to bring together the different grape varieties and batches. All our wines are cuvées composed of several grape varieties, depending on their vintage, yield and development during vinification.
All our vineyards are now managed in a controlled organic way; the use of synthetic crop protection agents is avoided, and of course, no chemical insecticides are used. In other words, we practise a rigorous form of natural authenticity as befits Château Laquirou, the people who live here and the age-old landscape of La Clape.
Our Grape varieties
We cultivate eleven different long-established grape varieties from southern France here at Château Laquirou:
Bourboulenc (4 ha)
Worldwide, it is cultivated on only about 650 hectares, of which 50 hectares are at La Clape. Late maturing, frequently excellent, with good structure, citrus aromas and a tangible acidity.
Grenache Blanc (1,5 ha)
Full-bodied, with light herbal aromas and usually low acidity.
Roussanne (0,25 ha)
Flowery and mineral aromas, powerful with a good acidity structure. Storable
Viognier (0,5 ha)
Originally from the «Massif Central» , this grape variety is now cultivated mainly in the Lyon region. Strong Colour and concise apricot, peach and floral aromas (violet, lily of the valley).
Grenache (8 ha)
This variety produces fruity and full-bodied wines with little tannin from a sparse terroir.
Syrah (12 ha)
A noble grape variety. Aromas of redcurrants and pepper. Plenty of tannin, structured and storable.
Carignan (7 ha)
Powerful with present acidity and plenty of tannin. Frequent ripe aromas such as plums and figs.
Mourvèdre (1 ha)
Matures very late. Dark colour, powerful, with plenty of tannin and aromas of blackberries.
Marselan (1,5 ha)
A cross between Grenache Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruity with aromas of dark berries.
Merlot (1 ha)
Originally from south-west France, this grape variety has been cultivated in Languedoc since the 1980s. Aromas of ripe fruit - fruity and full-bodied.
Cinsault (1 ha)
Very fruity aromas, used mainly for the production of our rosé wine.
Intact ecosystem: the vineyards of Château Laquirou are surrounded by the Garrigue scrubland and a pine landscape