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.
The domaine makes only two wines, a Terrasses du Larzac from a blend of Syrah (60%), Grenache (20%), and Mourvèdre (20%); and microscopic quantities of a Marsanne-Roussanne (50%/50% ) blend which is classified Côteaux du Languedoc (the AOC is red only).The vines are pruned using cordon de Royat, the vineyards are plowed and manually green-harvested, and the yields are restrained at 20-25hL/ha. Each cépage of the Terrasses du Larzac is separately vinified. The grapes are completely destemmed and crushed, then directly pressed and fermented over indigenous yeasts for about 30 days, with periodic pigeage. The wines are separately aged in used oak barrels (1, 2 and 3 years old, from DRC) for 24 months, then assembled in tank for two months. The wine is bottled unfiltered with the waning moon.