Chateau Coujan is a fifth-generation family winery located near Saint Chinian in the South of France which came to us through our fellow Saint Chinian producer, Jean-Marie Rimbert.
The Guy family has owned this vineyard since 1868, and Florence, the current owner, is the fifth generation. She took over the domaine from her father and converted the winery to organics in 2008. A new environmental balance gradually emerged in the 140-hectare property (including 50 ha of vineyards) with insects, butterflies, birds, vines, orchards, medicinal plants, fields, and scrublands, turning the Chateau Coujan into an oasis of biodiversity.
Florence is in charge of a team that works very hard to manage all that land, including her daughter, and her boyfriend who is the chef de cave, as well as pruning and tractor driving teams. The property has a lot of wildlife, including as many as 70 peacocks, their mascot.
LA Pinot Noir
The name of this cuvée is a play on words: lapinot means young rabbit in French, a fitting name for this joyful and thirst-quenching incarnation of Pinot Noir.
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard: clay and limestone with pebbles, vines planted in 1990. Estate-owned and farmed organically by Florence and her team
Making of: the grapes are destemmed and crushed. Short maceration and spontaneous fermentation at controlled temperature in concrete tanks. Bottled in the following spring, lightly filtered with a small addition of sulfur.
Personality: juicy, light and easy-going take on Pinot Noir.
Varieties: Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Noir
Soil: Clay and Limestone
Vinification notes: grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed. The wine is fermented traditionally for about 8 days at low temperature. The wine is bottled lightly filtered with a small addition of sulfur.