Tasting Note: Château l’Hospitalet La Réserve red has a deep ruby-red colour. Soft and balanced in the mouth, this cuvée has the generous fruitiness of jam, blackcherries and red currants accompanied with notes of liquorice, gingerbread and grilled notes. Complex and aromatic, this wine offers fine tannins. Elegant and tasty, it is ready to drink now or at anytime in the next ten years.
Food Matching: Red meat, fowl or mature cheese.
Grape Variety: Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache.
Situated on the coast, Château de l’Hospitalet looks down on the Mediterranean from a height of a hundred metres. Having a semi-arid Mediterranean climate with mild winters, the vineyard enjoys exceptional climatic conditions: the quantity of sunshine and the heat stored during the day by the limestone and released to the grapes at night, and the effect of the Mediterranean which reduces temperature differences and the altitude which counteracts the summer heat.
Two types of soil contribute to the generosity, aromatic complexity and liveliness and freshness of this cuvée: the Gargasian marl-limestone at the foot of the cliff isrich in fossils and provides water to the vine stocks all through summer in spite of the absence of summer rain; and the red Mediterranean soil from the Barremian period, formed on compact grey-blue limestone and reclaimed from the garrigue, enables the production of rich and concentrated wines.
The grapes are cultivated using sustainable methods that respect the Terra Vitis procedure, guaranteeing the traceability of growing practices which are verified by an independent body.