In Puisalicon, a small medieval village of the Languedoc in the south of France, the Delhon brothers, Francois and Louis-Adrien, run the family estate, Domaine Bassac, with real passion and commitment. Situated, between the three towns of Béziers, Pézénas and Bédarieux, the Bassac vineyards cover some 60 hectares (150 acres) with a range of soil types around Puisalicon and the neighbouring village of Thézan-les-Béziers. By taking into account the specific nature of the individual terroir – a combination of climate, soil and situation - each grape variety is planted in the vineyard that suits it best. Because of their commitment to producing authentic wines that reflect their terroir and because they work with a respect for nature and for the subtle balance that alone enables the vine to grow in secret harmony with its soil, they have chosen to cultivate our vineyards organically : - compost and organic fertilisers to nourish the soil - self-seeded ground cover in autumn and winter - ploughing and manual weeding in spring and summer - vine and crop treatment with natural products - biological control of berry moth larvae. Our cellars, situated in the heart of Puisalicon itself, are housed in a traditional building that has been expanded through the generations and continues to be adapted. At harvest-time, by handling the grapes with great care and using a judicious combination of modern winemaking methods combined with our traditional skills, we get the very best out of each grape variety and each vineyard, optimising the vintage’s potential. Throughout the year the wines are kept with the utmost care. Blended, racked and clarified, they are then bottled on the estate using their own equipment.
The Syrah is vinified in a traditional style, de-stemmed and fermented in concrete tanks for 6-8 days. Estate bottled.