"Frédéric Pourtalié produces wines based on a wonderful blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre, expressing all the potential of this terroir."
The soils in the Languedoc-Roussillon region vary according to the AOC and IGP scheme. From vineyards to vineyards one can find vast pebble terraces, sandstone clay, calcareous clay, limestone and shale, clayey soils, sandy soils, representing a valuable asset for promoting the quality of the wines. We can distinguish the composition of soil near the coast (alluvial soils) from limestone and gravel based soils inland. Poor soils are a common characteristic of the region, which forces the roots digging down very deeply to get water and nutrients.
A Passionate Lineage
Domaine de Montcalmès is a family estate situated 30km Northwest of Montpellier. The estate underwent radical changes in 1998, the year the Pourtalié family bought it, in order to produce and bottle its own wines under its own label. Here, the ambition is to get the best of the vines, while respecting the environment. Traditional techniques, organic farming, very low yields, and gravitational system in the cellar are key factors to the high quality wine produced at the domain. Frédéric Pourtalié and his sister Muriel immediately gained local, national, and international recognition for their wines. They started the organic conversion of the domain in 2012.