Domaine Canet Valette St Chinian Maghani 2019


Combining a deep sense of power with delicate floral perfume, the Maghani is a terrific wine




Domaine Canet Valette




Mourvèdre, Syrah






50/50 Syrah & Mourvèdre. A thin layer of clay over limestone gives naturally low yields, often below 20hl/ha. Fully destemmed. This sees Marc’s long cuvaison, 70-90 days, before spending 24 months in a mix of 20% Amphorae, which keeps fruit and freshness, and 80% demi-muid. No fining or filtration. Dark in colour, and again there is that deep florality, a rose garden, which leads to a powerful, structured palate with outstanding purity and depth of fruit. A brilliant wine.

About the Domaine

When Marc Valette took over his grandfather’s vines he stopped selling grapes to the local Cooperative and replanted most of his domaine – he had quality in mind. Organic farming began in 1999, and a multi-level gravity fed winery built, neither common in St Chinian at the time. Marc is passionate about making wines of authenticity and undoing the damage of industrial viticulture. Over time Marc has come to appreciate elegance and refinement and view over-extraction as an obstructer of terroir. He practices long, gentle cuvaison to gently extract the full character from his grapes without harsh tannins. Sulphur is used sparingly, often just a little before bottling. His wines are beautifully pure, with cool fruit and unusual freshness. They age very well.


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