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TERROIR

The estate, located at Montagnac in the Hérault département about ten kilometres inland from the Mediterranean, stands on top of a hill overlooking the Thau coastal lagoon.
The vines grow on slopes facing the sea and thus benefit from maritime breezes that carry in moisture to counter the effect of summer drought.
Spring frosts are rare, the mild temperatures favour good ripening of the grapes. The vines themselves are protected from the prevailing north and north-westerly winds (known locally as the cers and tramontane) which on occasion are violent enough to damage immature canes.

The fifty plots that make up the estate vineyards stand around the château in a typically Mediterranean environment. The smell of the pine woods intermingles with the pungent aromas of evergreen oak, almond, olive, thyme, rosemary and downy cistus that dominate the surrounding Mediterranean garrigue.

The terroir at Saint Martin spreads over several types of highly expressive terrain based on broken-down conglomerate rock from the Primary Era, deep and with good drainage. Most characteristic are two contrasting types:

  • Light brown, fairly shallow limestone soils made up of sandy loam overlying soft, layered limestone bedrock. Such “white earth”, characteristic of a certain Mediterranean terroir, enhances the wines from white varieties.
  • Reddy-brown sandstone soils with sand and gravel, loose and well-drained, meagre and shallow. This “red earth” endows the wines from such terroir with a keynote regularity in their aroma infused with hints of pepper, slightly smoky, with a touch of liquorice that is the hallmark of all the wines from Saint Martin de la Garrigue.
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La revue du vin de France This estate has improved constantly, overlooking none of the essential stages. The range is enticing and full. Shows real potential for progress. This vast estate on the heights at Montagnac stands out for its ability to achieve the same success with its palette of whites, including one of the best Picpouls, as with its reds dominated by the cuvée Grès de Montpellier and the Bronzille, still offering great value for money.
Le guide hachette des vins Since the AOC classification, Château Saint Martin de la Garrigue has been a regular in the Guide. After the Guida family bought the estate in 1992, they completely overhauled the winery. The results are there: skin contact and barrel fermentation have brought aromas of citrus and preserved fruit along with the scent of flowers.
Le grand quide des vins de FranceSaint Martin de la Garrigue first attracted attention for the quality of its whites, especially the excellent Coteaux du Languedoc, very harmonious and free of heaviness, and the good lively Picpoul de Pinet.... seeks to make wines focused on freshness and pleasure-giving personality. The estate really won us over by its skillful mastery of all the colours and unfailing quality throughout its range.