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Languedoc, Les Petits Pas, Pas de l'Escalette - 2021

The Zernotts can claim to be at the top of the Terrasses du Larzac both literally and figuratively, as Pas de l'Escalette is the highest point in the region and excellence is the norm here. On 2020, their Petit Pas lengthens the stride to make a giant leap forward, developing a blossoming fruit complemented by notes of flowers and black pepper. Guide Vert RVF: 90/100
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Viticulture

The vineyard of about 15 hectares is planted on terraces surrounded by low dry stone walls called "clapas", nestled at an altitude of 350 metres at the foot of the Larzac plateau. The vines are grown as naturally as possible without chemicals on limestone scree soils that ensure a good water regime. The soils are entirely worked.

Oenology

Harvested by hand, aged for 10 months in truncated wooden vats.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Grilled duck breast - Lamb keftas - Strawberries in wine.

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Located between Millau and Montpellier in the Hérault region, the Pas de l'Escalette is the essential and emblematic passage between the Larzac and the Mediterranean. Nestled at an altitude of 350 metres at the foot of the Larzac plateau, the twenty-hectare estate is divided into fifty or so terraces on either side of the Pégairolles de l'Escalette and Lauroux valleys. Each of the vines of Delphine Rousseau and Julien Zernott, the winegrowing couple, is planted on the limestone scree of the causse, surrounded by low dry-stone walls and clapas (piles of stones). Protected by the causse, this vineyard is naturally irrigated by the Larzac springs. Biodiversity and the work of the soil allow the production of grapes in balance with their environment, and the estate is certified organic and biodynamic with Biodyvin. The altitude, the deep and draining clay-limestone soils, the cool climate of these valleys; all the conditions are met to produce wines with a freshness and a fruity tension very specific to this terroir.The Zernott-Rousseau family works exclusively with southern grape varieties: grenache and carignan for the majority of the blends, syrah and cinsault. For the whites, old vines of white carignan and terret bourret are combined with white and grey grenache. Many of the wines are matured in large containers, which allow the refinement of magnificent textures, tannins and...
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