The Domaine is located near Saint Christol, in Languedoc . The owners, Luc and Elysabeth Moynier, have several generations of vignerons behind them . We had just parked the car and were waiting outside until they finished with customers . I don't know if it had to do with the fact that boxes of wine were being loaded at the back of the van , but this dog was kind of touchy . He looked at us approaching, standing on the driver's seat, and was on his guard . I was tempted to gently put my hand on his head but preferred to abstain from this risky move, from the stare I caught in his eyes . I'm quite sure this is a retriever , this is a hunting region . We walked a few meters to the vineyard , I had noticed old vines rows in the back , wich I learned later are old Carignan vines . A second dog followed us . I am not an expert in dog breeds but this one was frighteningly looking like a pitbull and I was careful to move slowly so as he would not misinterpret my approach . I took this pic of him near the old Carignan vines ( on the left ) . Also looks at me a strange way , as if wondering why I come around here . Do you know that when these dogs bite, they don't let it go ?...
Luc Moynier and his wife come at our rescue and show us the chai and tasting room . They settled there 30 years ago . Most of the vineyard was labelled as VDQS then ( the label just under the AOC ). The wine was then sold in bulk to wine merchants . But as they were improving the quality and working a lot on it, they had to begin to sell in bottles to have a rewarding price level . This is what they did in 1981, with a first 500 hectoliters . They had a silver medal in Macon with this first bottled wine . The following years brought more recognition, locally and nationally . They worked at the beginning in Elisabeth's father's chai, 2 km from here , until they built the present facility . Their wines began to be really well-known in 1985, thanks to the "Festival de Théatre" in Montpellier, also known as "Le Printemps des Comediens", where it made a sensation among the actors and guests . Until now, they have made only red and rosé wines . 2005 will be the 1st year they make white wine ( 2004 harvest ), with Viognier and Roussanne that they planted 4 years ago . The land where the Domaine's vineyards are located is mostly arid villafranchian soil, with big pebblestones on the surface . As strange as it seems, there were torrents and glaciers around here . Whatever, this type of soil, plus the sunny and hot summers make for potential great wines . They work with 6 emplyees, on about 30 hectares . Yields here are 30-40 hectoliter/hectare for AOC, and 50-60 for Vin de Pays . Ground is plowed between the rows .
__5 Domaine de La Coste "Cuvée Prestige" 1999 . Mourvedre-Grenache ( 70%-30%). Elegance wich points to the Mourvedre . The oldest available millesime in the Domaine . Here, they don't keep stocks of their different wines, when all the bottles are sold, no more . 5,4 Euro .
__6 Domaine de La coste "Cuvée Merlette" 2000 . Coteaux du Languedoc . Mourvedre . The variety is ripe one month after the other ones . Also, it blossoms much earlier . 3000 bottles of this wine only . 7,2 Euro .
__7 Doimaine de La Coste, Coteaux du Languedoc "Cuvée Selectionnée" 2002 . Syrah-Grenache ( 80%-20%) . 10 000 bottles . 13,5° . Rich , with guarrigue aromas . Round in the mouth, coated tannins . 7 Euro .
__8 Domaine de La Coste, Coteaux du Languedoc "Cuvée Selectionnée" 2002 . Same grape vaieties . This one is matured in oak casks ( the only wine here ) . Volume in the mouth . Fleshy . Crystallized cherry . 10 years laying down potential ( like the former ) . 7,5 Euro .