A blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache & Carignan
• The LUTEVA ROUGE 2013 is grown on Gravel, Sandstone, Limestone soils just outside of Pezenas.
• Nearby the Prieuré de Saint-Jean de Bébian estate, and Christian Seely of AXA Millésimes’ project, Mas Belles Eaux.
• Nestled by pine woods, olives trees, and the surrounding Mediterranean garrigue (oak, thyme, rosemary), the vineyards are worked under the Culture raisonnée practice (sustainable environmental methods).
Viticulture & Yields
The vineyards have been farmed according to the practice in France known as culture raisonnée (sustainable environmental methods).
The yields are around 20 hl/ha.
This practice has been certified as culture raisonnée by Terra Vitis (sustainable environmental methods).
• Darker full bodied wines
• Classic Rhone blend: Syrah Grenche Mouvedre
• Flavours from sweet blueberry to black olive
“Whenever you smile at the recollection of Languedoc’s herb-carpeted hillside scrub in a glass of red wine, it’s probably Syrah that’s fetched the thyme and the rosemary” Andrew Jefford’s Wine Course
• Medium to full weight.
• Find its French home in Châteauneuf-du-Pape .
• Aragon, Spain said to be the probable origin of the grape.
“A complex Grenache, by contrast, is as fragrant, sumptuous and profound an expression of sunlight transformed into stone juice as you could hope to find” Andrew Jefford’s Wine Course
• Dark fruited full bodied wines
• Suited to warmer climates
• Called Monastrell in Spain
“It romps across the Languedoc, and spills into the Roussillon too. It reminds me of midnight: dark, quiet, impenetrable, enigmatic…but, at it’s best, full of strange magic.” Andrew Jefford’s Wine Course
• Great medium bodied food wine
• Believed to require old vines to produce its best quality
• Mostly grown in Southern France
“Few grapes can express the mineral quality of Languedoc’s finest sites like old-vine Carignan“ Andrew Jefford’s Wine Course
WINEMAKING & AGEING
• On harvesting, the Mourvèdre and Grenache are destemmed.
• The Syrah and Carignan undergo whole bunch fermentation.
• Each different variety is vinified separately in Stainless Steel Tanks.
• The wines are aged for 12 to 15 months in old barrels.
• The barrels used have had 2-3 vintages previously.
A medium to dark red, very bright and deep.
Corresponding to medium purple in the chart above
Wine will begin to brick (turn colour of brick) as it ages
Notes of spices such as specific notes like pepper, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, anise, ginger or cardamom.
Aromas of a pine tree or forest, or pin parasol (pictured) as found in the south of France.
Thyme is common to the Mediterranean region (from Greece to Provence) and is one of the herbs that gives the garrigue (scrub) of Southern France its signature aroma.
Rosemary is another herb native to the Mediterranean. Rosemary is for remembrance (as Ophelia said). Also for cooking!
The taste of spices such as like pepper, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, anise, ginger or cardamom.
The taste of Bazil, Oregano, Parsley, Sage, and Thyme.
The taste of red fruits such as cherry, plum, even strawberry.
The taste of black fruits such as blackberry and blueberry.
Wine can be kept for 6 to 8 years from its vintage
Drinking suggestion 2017-2019
Drink on release
Grilled meat, stuffed roasted grilled vegetables, couscous, chickpea stew, cheese boards.
• For a regional dish try Ratatouille with Olives as found in Caroline Conran’s Sud de France – The food and cooking of Languedoc
• This superb book is filled with recipes, maps, and the history of this region.
• It’s published by Prospect Books and there’s an excerpt here: https://prospectbooks.co.uk/samples/Conran.pdf.
Best drunk at 15°C to 17°C and in summer can be even cooler
2013 Luteva • Languedoc Luteva
Wine Advocate (89 – 91) Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck
Coming all from Pézenas, but bottled under the Languedoc AOC to allow for source outside the region in the future, the value-priced 2013 Languedoc Luteva is made by the team at La Peira and is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and touch of Carignan. It has lots of character in its peppery herbs, garrigue and red and black fruit profile; it is nicely balanced and has good freshness. It’s a perfect mid-week drinker to buy by the case and enjoy over the coming 2-3 years. Rating: (89 – 91) Drink Date 2016 – 2019 Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck
” It’s a perfect mid-week drinker to buy by the case and enjoy over the coming 2-3 years.”
Béziers. While nearby Pézenas has the picture perfect Hôtel Privet or Mansions and a Provençal, visit Beziers – a wine trading center dating back to Roman times – and one the oldest cities in France (575 BC).
JOIN US IN EXPLORING THE LANGUEDOC AND SOUTHERN FRANCE
BOOKS MENTIONED ABOVE: ANDREW JEFFORD’S WINE COURSE
CAROLINE CONRAN’S SUD DE FRANCE THE TASTES OF LANGUEDOC