Eric Saurel’s family had been wine producers for 5 generations. On the day that he bought the wood-fringed ‘clos’ where he and Christine later built the new family home, she discovered that she was pregnant with their first child. The name ‘Montirius’ is derived from the names of their three children – Manon, Justine and Marius. The estate is spread over 6 vineyards and is very well regarded (and not just by us!).
Vineyard size 57 hectares. Organic since 1999.
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Vacqueyras ‘Le Clos’ AC, Montirius
Clos refers to an enclosed vineyard – in this case a wood-fringed 8 hectare parcel of long fallow land which represented the first addition to the estate, in which the Saurels later built the family home. The estate name Montirius is derived from the contraction of the names of their three children – Manon, Justine, and Marius. This is a slightly fuller, more concentrated wine than their other Vacqueyras. Syrah predominates in the blend here, lending characteristic depth of flavour, spicy notes, and distinct potential for aging.