Pinot Noir `Les Zazous` IGP Pays d`Oc

Eastern Languedoc

Domaine La Croix Gratiot

Owned by brothers Yves and Hugues Ricome for over 30 years, Domaine La...

Croix Gratiot covers 27 hectares in Montagnac in the Coteaux du Languedoc. After years of selling to the local co-operative, Yves started bottling his own wine in 2005. His daughter Anaïs has now taken charge, after working for some time in New Zealand with Matt Thomson, and makes wonderfully pure wines that reflect the potential of the local varieties with which she works.

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The Pinot Noir grapes for this wine are grown on the clay and limestone soils of the Croix Gratiot vineyard, situated in the commune of Montagnac in the Coteaux du Languedoc. The sea breezes temper the warm Mediterranean climate, allowing the grapes to reach optimum maturity while lifting the aromatics of the wine.

Vintage Information

2016 was a late ripening vintage, marked by significant drought; a lack of rain in both winter and summer was confounded by severe evaporation caused by hot, windy conditions with practically no precipitation from mid-June onwards. The few days of rain in September relieved the vines of severe water stress, which was essential for making great wines.


Grapes were hand-picked and sorted meticulously at the winery prior to crushing and pressing. At the winery, fermentation took place in open top fermenters for 18 days with optimum extraction of colour and tannins being achieved by pumping over twice daily. The wine was aged in old oak barriques for 12 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes

This wine is bright ruby in the glass, and has an elegant aromatic nose with floral notes of rose and violet, red cherries and a hint of spice. It is full bodied, the palate has fine, silky tannins and finishes with lingering cherry flavours.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Eastern Languedoc, Languedoc
Winemaker Anais Ricome
Alcohol (ABV) 13%