Domaine Cinq Vents Wine Region Terrasses du Larzac, Montpeyroux, Languedoc, South France

The Region

dcv-region-1Terrasses du Larzac was named Beattane & Dessauve’s French Appellation of the Year in 2011, while Andrew Jefford has described it as some of the greatest vineyard land in the South of France and Jancis Robinson stated, in the Oxford Wine Companion, that Montpeyroux is the ‘highest named cru within the Coteaux du Languedoc.’

dcv-region-2So what is it about this area that makes it so special?

The high limestone plateau that Domaine Cinq Vents sits on and the five winds that blow through it (the Tramontane, the Marin, the Cers, the Scirocco and the Autan) have a big effect on the climate and terroir of the region.

dcv-region-3What distinguishes this area from the rest of Languedoc? According to James Lawther MW writing in Decanter Magazine in April 2013: “The answer is the mesoclimate and soils. The climate is basically Mediterranean, but the proximity of the Larzac plateau engenders cool nights after hot summer days: the diurnal range is as much as 20 degrees centigrade. This helps slow the maturity and gives a balancing freshness to the wines which still retain the natural generosity of the south.”