Very intense, almost black, garnet red to purple. Red fruit, blackcurrants, with notes of spices, typical from this variety. Fine tannic body, notes of licorice, fine persistence, and long taste. Goes perfectly with red meat such as game, sausage, hearty salads, and many types of cheese.
On a quest for the highest quality since its very beginnings, Alexis Lichine & Co places its expertise at the service of its partner vintners, to create wines that are tailored to the tastes of wine lovers everywhere. Today, this tradition continues thanks to our close work with our producers. They are chosen for the quality of their wines, their appellation and their choice of an integrated farming approach.
Following in the footsteps of Mr. Lichine, their team of oenologists works throughout the year with their partner vintners, from pruning the vines to picking the grapes, together ensuring the growth of the highest quality grapes. The choices of vineyard methods, such as nipping off buds, pruning, disease prevention, leaf management and even the harvest date, are made together, to meet everyone’s criteria and objectives.
Alexis Lichine has chosen to build close ties with its partner vintners, ensuring permanent dialogue to guarantee total quality and complete traceability of its wines. Once the grapes are ripe, Alexis Lichine & Co buy the harvest and take care of the vinification. This is done according to traditional methods, incorporating the latest innovative techniques to create the best quality wines that respect the specific characteristics of each grape variety. Thanks to this logic of close and shared partnership, the Alexis Lichine & Co guarantee has become synonymous with quality and excellence, for all their products.
An extensive appellation producing a diverse selection of good quality and great values, Languedoc spans the Mediterranean coast from the Pyrenees mountains of Roussillon all the way to the Rhône Valley. Languedoc’s terrain is generally flat coastal plains, with a warm Mediterranean climate and frequent risk of drought.
Virtually every style of wine is made in this expansive region. Most dry wines are blends with varietal choice strongly influenced by the neighboring Rhône Valley. For reds and rosés, the primary grapes include Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault and Mourvèdre. White varieties include Grenache Blanc, Muscat, Ugni Blanc, Vermentino, Macabéo, Clairette, Piquepoul and Bourbelenc.
International varieties are also planted in large numbers here, in particular Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The key region for sparkling wines here is Limoux, where Blanquette de Limoux is believed to have been the first sparkling wine made in France, even before Champagne. Crémant de Limoux is produced in a more modern style.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.