The name refers to an old farm villa which was built high into the mountain slopes , among some old vineyards. The Domaine comprises 75 hectares of land cultivated under bio-dynamic farming techniques and is characterized by steep pebbly slopes rising from almost 150 meters above sea level. This impressive new domaine is owned by the reknowned oenologist, Michel Chapoutier and it is taking the market by storm! These vineyards have a unique soil composition of schist, Gniess and clay and, in the case of the higher elevated site, a granite composition.The Domaine is located in the commune of Latour-de-France…just about as close as you can be to Spain, but still be located in France, with a great deal of history related to the Nights Templar, and the Cathar movement, hence the T in the title of the Domaine shaped like the Nights Templar Cross.The wines exhibit the distinctive pepper and spice of Syrah, but are bigger and rounder in the mouth, with great complexity coming from the Carignan and Grenache. Here is A Rhone producer getting the best out of the Terroir in Lanquedoc…a superb combination! And one of the best Wine Makers in France. The vineyards of the Roussillon were planted in the 11th Century by Greek mariners. Situated around the south western penisula of the French coastline, the Roussillon can be geographi-cally segmented into 4 zones: Corbières in the north, Albères in the south, Canigou in the west and the Mediterranean sea toward the east. Within these zones the geological diversity encompassing clay, limestone, schiste ( brown and black ) and gneiss based soils is largely due to the glacial re-mains originating from the Pyrénées. Moreover, the 3 rivers which traverse the region; L’Agly, Le Têt and Le Tech have over time, formed wonderful terraced slopes on poor pebbly soil which offer wonderful terrain to grow vines on.
Great dark garnet-red in colour. The bouquet is quite closed with a dominant of graphite, leather, and then intense aromas of pepper, black fruits and scrubs. The palate is rich, dense then ripe and solar. The finale is sappy served by delicate tannins and great freshness.