Domaine de Saint-Esteve is in the Corbieres region of the Languedoc, considered to be the Languedoc's best. The grapes grown here are similar to those grown in the southern Rh?ne, principally Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan. Grapes have been harvested here for over 1,000 years, first by monks and later by individuals who were given parcels in exchange for their work in the vineyards.
This property of Saint-Esteve was purchased in 1984 by Eric and Sylvie Latham, with their sights set on building a winery after they had upgraded the vineyards. The vineyards now comprise 250 acres, and the winery is constructed of brick to honor the ancient buildings in the area. They did such a nice job that at first glance, you would think it was built hundreds of years ago.
Corbieres is the southernmost wine region in France, right on the Mediterranean, almost bordering Spain at the Pyrenees. Carignan is the main red grape here, yet it's quite different than the Carignan you'd taste anywhere else.
That's because the vineyards here are almost 100 years old, and that age intensifies the flavors of the grapes exponentially. As vines age, they produce fewer grapes and thus the flavors are more concentrated. It costs more, but the results are amazing.
The blend of Grenache and Carignan here is absolutely perfect. The Grenache contributes its lovely spice and cranberry flavors while the old-vine Carignan adds dimension and presence. A wonderful glass to warm the tastebuds and the spirit.