Founded in 1995, Calmel & Joseph is a maison de négoce specializing in Languedoc-Roussillon wines from private wineries from across the region. Over the years, they have built close personal relationships with a large number of growers from all appellations. Convinced of the extraordinary potential of this region, oenologist, Laurent Calmel, and Jerome Joseph work together on the vinification, blending and ageing of wines with the common purpose of demonstrating the little known yet unique quality of these Mediterranean terroirs. As well as their desire to produce high quality wines consistent with their terroirs, they are committed to making wines which reflect their convictions and experience.
Clay and limestone. The climate is typically Mediterranean, warm and sunny with low rainfall. Winters are mild, summers are hot and usual dry conditions allow the grapes to ripen fully. Vines are ploughed. They do not use weed killer. Pruning is short to regulate the vine's growth and its yields.
Grapes are 50% crushed and fully de-stemmed. Cold maceration during 7 days at 5°C then traditional vinification at 25°C. The vatting period lasts 4 weeks. 50% of the wine is aged for 6 months in oak barrels. The remaining 50% is raised in tanks on fine lees.
The nose is powerful with notes of black, jammy fruit evolving to garrigue spices mixed with forest floor and dill. The mouth is full, round and opulent, packed with ripe fruits such as prune, fig and blackberry with superbly vanilla and toasted finish.