Certified as “sustainable agriculture” by Terra Vitis
Syrah by whole berry fermentation, bunches intact, Mourvèdre and Grenache destemmed. The wines are selected straight after the end of all fermentation, blended, then put in their “rough-edged” state into demi-muids (traditional double-sized casks) previously used for 1 or 2 vintages to age for 16 months
12 to15 years
Matching fine food
Serve with red meat in wine sauce, strong cheeses. And with traditional Mediterranean food
Nose: powerful aromas, with suggestions of prunes, coffee, roasted almonds, caramel
Taste: Fleshy, fresh and fruity, finely-grained tannin, intense flavours of licorice, orange zest, spices
Black grenache noir 65%, Syrah 20%, Mourvèdre (old wines) 15%
Best drunk at 14 - 16°
Press and guide commentary
Guide Hachette 2016:
"Coup de Coeur": top producer of the appelation, this property sign an enthusiastic 2012 cuvée, expressive and harmonious, with a big part of mourvèdre. Nose is complex and mediteranean: blackberry liqueur, blackcurrant jam, crystallized cherry, coffee, scrubbland notes and black olive. Built on very soft tannins, the mouth is smooth with full body. Coherent with the smellwe find blackberry and cherry jam, cacao and caramel, with long lenght based on peper and grilled. Intense and elegant wine, that will going on without problem (2018-2023).
nice juice that put ahead licorice and meat sauce aromas, evolution to the truffle will come soon (14/20).
Guide Hachette 2015:
intense and black, this 2011 release a rich, balsamic nose mix of truffle and peper. The result is a velvety mouth by the maturity of mourvedre and syrah. A touch of Grenache brings added softness and roundness to well-developed wine by adjusted ageing in barrels. To keep in your wine cellar, certainly.
La Revue du Vin de France (june 2014, concerning the 2013 Millesime):
Big success: a smooth fuit taste, lavishly balanced, that express himself fullness and tonicity, bring thanks a respecfull vinification of the grapes.
General Agriculture Tasting Contest in Paris:
Gold Medal for 2011 Vintage.
Bettanne&Desseauve: Vintage 2010 (15,5/20):
"Pretty juice highlights strong aromas of licorice, meat juices, evolution to some truffle aromas coming soon."
Gilbert&Gaillard: Vintage 2010 (Club 90+ - 91/100):
"Full dress deep nose, between stone fruit, olive tapenade, pepper and garrigue. Tasting at its peak, charms by its power and poise. You can feel all olfactory fragrances. Mediterranean atmosphere at all levels."
Guide Hubert :
"2007 vintage, supple in the mouth, smooth, with the fruit well-married to the oaked spiciness (****)"
Guide des vins des sommeliers :
"1998 vintage, a very fine, well-balanced wine with the flavour of its terroir and a wonderfully expressive fruitiness (15/20).
Phaneuf 2008 :
"2005 vintage, excellent dense wine, big-bodied and structured in the mouth where its liveliness underlines the flavours of dark fruit. Full of character, impeccable as ever (****)."
Guide Parker des vins de France :
"1998 vintage, displays an elegant nose with touches of cedar and spice. Very robust and structured, it opens out in stages with fabulous aromas of cherry, blackberry, mint and black currant. This superbly crafted wine is mainly from the Mourvèdre grape (88-90/100)"
La revue du vin de France :
"Château Saint Martin de la Garrigue benefits from a terroir made to measure for the Mourvèdre grape whose hallmark strengths come to the fore in this cuvée mainly of this variety. A vertical tasting of the years 1998 to 2003 highlighted a constant headstrong style while the more recent vintages have acquired greater harmony and polish."