Domaine du Grand Arc
Bruno Schenk’s vines are on classic argilo-calcaire soils, with some sandstone, in the wild hills between Cucugnan and Padern, overlooked by the amazing hill-top Cathar castles of Quéribus and Peyrepertuse. It’s surprisingly cool here in these vineyards - Bruno was told when he arrived from Alsace in 1995 that the land was only good for white and rosé - and this gives great finesse and freshness to all the wines. Bruno is now in conversion to organic viticulture. He also makes wine with natural yeasts and without using any sulphur at all until bottling, so he qualifies as a “natural” winemaker. He attributes the deep colours of his reds to this practice.
It’s worth noting that Bruno’s reds keep really well - even the Reserve Grand Arc will be drinking beautifully about six years after the vintage.
“"Aromas of smoky pear, plus some nutty marzipan. Firm, almost a little chewy, with a lovely chalky texture and freshness. Characterful and...”
“Based on Syrah and Mourvèdre, with Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan. This is always an electric cherry pink, a wonderfully vibrant if wholly...”
“One of our staples at SVS, this blend of about 50% Carignan, with 35% Grenache and 15 % Mourvedre, is a splendid barrel-aged wine which can be drunk...”
“"Deep cherry colour and a fine herbal aroma of garrigue alongside the lively dark fruit. Cassis and blackberry on the nose and then a delicious...”