Le Domaine Coste Rousse ...
between Simplicity and Creativity.
Great wines are above all need great grapes.
The Taix family knows this only too well and strive
constantly to obtain the best possible quality.
Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Clairette and Muscat
form the white range.
For the reds it’s the fantastic true
southern grapes such as Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan,
Cinsault and also the more northern stars like Merlot,
Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
An average of 5000 vines are planted per
Pruning, which previous generations
considered a true art, is still done entirely by hand.
The replanting started in the 1970’s
uses guyot, Royat cord or fan style.
Double wired trellises increase the foliage exposed to sun and
The vineyards are ploughed to control weeds and the principals
of ‘culture raisonnee’ are respected, meaning a profound respect
for the soil, using just a minimum of organic fertilizer to keep
the soil healthy and fertile.
At harvest time it is
above all the generations of experience that determine the
quality of the wine. Patrice and Jean-Pascal know just by
tasting the grapes – the fruitiness of the juice, the sweetness
of the skin, the crunch of the pips – when is
just exactly the right moment to start
This means the grapes can be left
totally natural - with no need for either added sugar or
Un Terroir particulier :
The vineyards are spread out around Magalas,
a lovely old village at the heart of the Cotes de Thongue, with
an average altitude of 110m. with various types of soil and
facing various directions.
This has enabled each varietal to be
adapted to a particular soil to full advantage.
Merlot, Cabernet and Chardonnay are grown on sandy marls.
Syrah, Grenache and Carignan are planted on Villafranchien
terraces or, to the north of the village, on sandstone.