The young vines that produce this wine are grafted from Argentinian Malbec, which of course comes originally from Cahors in France. The wine maker is Argentinian, and he searched all over the Languedoc for a place that would produce the characteristically bright and intense Malbec of his home country. He found this possibility in partnership with winegrowers from the Coteaux d’Enserune, who follow a 1,000 year old viticultural tradition marked by a historically un-French willingness develop varieties from other horizons. The unique soils on the Montandy plateau outside Béziers are red, chalky and acidic with traces of iron – very similar to the best Malbec vineyards in Argentina. The wine is named for the Oppidum d’Enserune, an ancient ruin which sits high on a ridge and dominates the landscape surrounding the vineyards.
2020: 87 JS