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RHONE VALLEY

DOMAINE DE L’HORTUS 

Orliac Family

You'll find the Domaine de l'Hortus in a valley at the heart of the wild garrigue some 30 km to the north of Montpellier. The Pic Saint Loup legend was born here. Nestling at the heart of the terroir, the limestone scree-covered craggy slopes of the Pic Saint-Loup and the Hortus plateau have evolved to form over the centuries today's complex geology and protect the land from turbulent climatic variations. The property thrives in this incredible environment. It's a unique terroir, the emblem for the Appellation and the country, where man has lived since time began. The Orliac family made their home here, devoting passion, knowledge and patience to their sole ambition: to bring this corner of paradise to life whilst creating one of the Languedoc's best wines.

You'll find the Domaine de l'Hortus in a valley at the heart of the wild garrigue some 30 kms to the north of Montpellier. The Pic Saint Loup legend was born here. Nestling at the heart of the terroir, the limestone scree covered craggy slopes of the Pic Saint Loup and the Hortus plateau have, over the centuries, evolved to form today's complex geology and protect the land from turbulent climatic variations.The property thrives in this remarkable environment. It's a unique terroir, the emblem for the Appellation and the country, where man has lived since time began. The Orliac family made their home here, devoting passion, knowledge and patience to their sole ambition : to bring this corner of paradise to life whilst creating one of the Languedoc's best wines.


Thanks to its unusual setting between the Mediterranean and the Cevennes mountain range, the Domaine benefits from both. From the sea comes the Marin (south wind) which brings in gentle weather and humidity, whilst from the other direction, the north wind brings cool, dry air. These two elements give the Domaine its very special gentle Mediterranean climate which blends with high rainfall and constant freshness.


There are both red and white grapes growing in the Hortus vineyard which currently covers a little over 60 hectares (150 acres). Mostly planted in the Fambétou coomb, its boundary to the north is the rocky cliff face of the Hortus plateau (facing due south), whilst to the south, it's the northern face of the Pic Saint-Loup.

The red vines are mostly planted on hillsides: Syrah is to be found to the north in the Pic Saint-Loup shade where it benefits from cooler, more humid weather that suits its shorter growth cycle. On the south-facing, Hortus slopes thrive the Mourvèdre, a later ripening grape with a longer growth cycle which needs intense sun to reach full maturity. The Grenache grapes, which require more general exposure, grow lower on the hillsides.


Cooler land parcels for the white vines are mostly to be found lower down in the valley where the air can be quite cold, especially during spring mornings; this means a slower growth cycle resulting in better acidity in the grapes without affecting their phenolic maturity.

The red vines are mostly planted on hillsides: Syrah is to be found to the north in the shade of the Pic Saint Loup where it benefits from cooler, more humid weather which suits its shorter growth cycle. On the south facing Hortus slopes thrives the Mourvèdre, a later ripening grape with a longer growth cycle which needs strong sun to reach full maturity. The Grenache grapes, which require more general exposure, grow lower on the hillsides.


Cooler land parcels for the white vines are mostly to be found lower down in the valley where the air can be quite cold, especially during spring mornings; this means a slower growth cycle resulting in better acidity in the grapes without affecting their phenolic maturity.


REGION OF PRODUCTION

Languedoc Roussillon - France


APPELLATION

Pic Saint Loup


FOUNDED

1970

VINEYARD

70 hectares


CLIMATE

From the sea comes the Marin (south wind) which brings in gentle weather and humidity, whilst from the other direction, the north wind brings cool, dry air.


SOIL COMPOSITION

Brown soil formed from limestone scree dating from the Cretaceous period


VARIETIES GROWN

Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache


AGRICULTURE

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