DOMAINE DU LANDEYRAN, LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
Landeyran is the name of the sheer quartzite cliff overlooking the vineyard, near the village of Causses-et-Veyran. It’s also the name of the stream that gently flows through this charming hollow valley in the Saint-Chinian appellation. A few years ago, Frédéric Jeanjean fell in love with its magnificent schist hillsides, typical villages with narrow streets and the estate’s intense old Carignan. The decision was made, he and his wife would become winegrowers in this outstanding wine-land.
A VEIN OF SCHIST IN A WORLD OF CARIGNAN
In the 18th Century, many growers were tempted to abandon Saint-Chinian’s stony slopes in favour of more productive land on the Béziers plain. Very fortunately, a handful resisted realising what great quality potential this terrain had. All the conditions come together at the estate’s core for perfect ripening of the different grape varieties: the Mediterranean climate, south – southwest facing vineyard, poor soils… These are particularly adapted to growing late-ripening varieties such as Carignan, for the ‘refractory’ effect of schist, which gives back heat to the vines at night stored up during the day. Blended harmoniously with Syrah and black Grenache, this grape confers their dark colour, nice tannic structure and intense black berry fruit and cocoa aromas to Landeyran’s wines.
This complexity expresses itself best in the Roquebrun subzone, largely thanks to one year’s ageing giving the wine the time it needs to develo