Close to the medieval city of Carcassonne classified Grand Site of Occitanie, the Domaine Saint Martin is an emblematic family property of theIGP City of Carcassonne and more specifically the viticultural qualities that characterize the appellation.
A bucolic environment
About ten kilometers south of Carcassonne, towards Limoux, is the small village of Leuc. After the town you meet a small road on the left which winds through the heart of a valley bordered by vines. Dug over time immemorial by the Saint Martin stream, it stretches to a wooded island where you can discover the cellar, cellar and family home. Near the site stands a wind turbine whose stature announces from a distance the proximity of the buildings. the domain saint martin thus forms an enclave enclosed in a modest valley on the sides of which rise with density the surfaces of vines. On the heights, the wooded peaks set their limit from a reasonable altitude of about two hundred meters This folded landscape of valleys and hills, where the plots of vines coexist with Mediterranean vegetation as in Corbieres neighbours, gives a bucolic identity to this typical terroir of theIGP City of Carcassonne.
Henry Cases is the name of the winemaker. Like his twin brother Philippe who manages a vineyard on a neighboring land, Henri manages the family heritage in the position of heir to the fourth generation. At domain saint martin, the vines extend over one hundred and fifty hectares spread over sunny hillsides. The predominantly clay-limestone soils are interspersed with gravelly layers. On this western terroir of Languedoc, the well-ventilated climate is divided between oceanic and Mediterranean influences. Witnesses to the climatic crossbreeding, the southwestern grape varieties coexist with the southeastern grape varieties. This mix is a local singularity that can also be found on the land bordering the Cabardès and Malepere. Thus, at domain saint martin, the red wines come from Merlot and Cabernets as well as Syrah and Carignan. To the list are added Marselan, Caladoc or Pinot noir. On these southern lands where the cool nights compensate for the daytime heat, white wines are also present. They come primarily from Chardonnay, which is particularly well suited to these terroirs, supplemented by Sauvignon.
Red wines are the majority as it should be in Languedoc. Each cuvée is unique in the story that motivates it. Among those, Thank you! vinified in 100% Marselan recounts in watermark the happy outcome of a perilous event that marked the life of the winemaker. The vintage 1919, a skilful balance between a majority Merlot and the complementary notes of Marselan, Syrah, Carbernet and Caladoc, commemorates the centenary of the estate by bearing the joint signature of the twin brothers, Henri and Philippe Cases. the Dream of Joe, which celebrates the memory of great-grandfather Joseph, brings to the fore the double oceanic and Mediterranean influence by seeking the optimal balance between Syrah and Cabernet Franc. On summer tables, the freshness potential of the terroir is revealed with the Saint-Martin rosé, resulting from the original marriage of Caladoc and Chenanson. This freshness, which is one of the expressive potentials of Domaine Saint Martin, is expressed even more precisely with the Dream of Joe in its white wine version, a cuvée in pure Chardonnay aged on fine lees and slightly woody.