Newsletter: Les Hautes Terres 2-Pack

Newsletter: Les Hautes Terres 2-Pack

Two weeks ago, the only wines I associated with the appellation of Limoux were the fairly innocuous Crémants churned out by the gallon by local cooperatives; mostly bland bubbles without much interest. But as is often the case, preconceived notions were turned upside down on a recent visit.

As we pulled into the tiny town of Roquetaillade, the hamlet that Les Hautes Terres calls home, I was astonished by the beauty of this rugged land. The domaine is nestled high in a mountain range on the edge of the Languedoc and as we were greeted by proprietors Geneviève and Gilles Azam, I understood how their grace and humility could be reflected in the wines they produce.

Today's duo features a pair of their entry level wines, both which mirror this lofty, rocky landscape unlike any other wines I have tasted at this price. These are clean, precise, high-elevation wines whose angular minerality and delicate, lifted fruit blend together with ease. The effort, dedication and care Geneviève and Gilles put into these wines is astonishing given the prices they fetch. I was able to secure a few rare magnums too!

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Geneviève and Gilles have been patiently building up their domain over the past 20 years. They take pride in their deep knowledge and understanding of Limoux, the land where their estate sits perched at high altitude. The soils and weather here can be unforgiving, but Geneviève and Gilles face this with grit and patience, putting complete faith in nature’s process. Everything is farmed organically, by hand and all wines ferment spontaneously with native yeasts. The results are wines with honesty, and are a reflection of their efforts and precision.
Autres Terres Blanc 2021  $29.99
*magnum $59.99

An equal split of Chardonnay and a native white variety, Mauzac, planted at 450m elevation on limestone bedrock. The grapes are hand harvested, direct pressed and fermented with native yeast in concrete, where it then ages for an additional 6 months prior to bottling.  

A delightful and elegant nose of crisp apple, ripe lemon, white peach and lime blossom. The brisk palate is accented by tart fruit, concentrated saline minerals and subtle, soft textures. A special wine at an everyday price.   
Autre Terres Rouge 2021 $29.99
*magnum $59.99

A blend of Merlot, Cinsault and a few other indigenous varieties grown organically on clay and limestone soils. Fermented and aged for 5 months in separate concrete tanks before being blended, then bottled un-fined and unfiltered. 

Bright and detailed aromatics of raspberry, cherry, red plum, violet, rosemary and subtle baking spices. Vibrant and fresh on the palate with red and black fruits backed by refreshing acidity and supportive but soft tannins. A thought provoking red that's easy to drink. 
Justin Coleman
Monarch Wine Merchants



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