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The estate's premier cuvee is primarily a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, picked only when the fruit is extremely ripe. The wine is vinified traditionally in order to preserve the true essence of the vineyard, making it an excellent companion to grilled duck or lamb.
The Chateau Salitis, an ancient outbuilding of the monastery of LaGrasse, has been owned by the DePaule-Marandon family for over four generations. The winery is located in the tiny town of Conques-sur-Orbiel, just north of the walled city of Carcassone. Here, in the western reaches of the Languedoc region, Atlantic grapes flourish along with Mediterranean varieties.
Today, winemaker Anne Marandon-Maurel runs the 80-hectare rocky and sun-warmed vineyard, which yields elegantly balanced wines that are wonderfully easy to drink.
The wine region of Languedoc is quite vast, encompassing much of the Mediterranean coastline of France, as well as reaching quite far inward. To the east, it abuts the southern Rhone and Provence regions, and the wines reflect that in their structured blends. To the west, the region divides further, with Bordeaux-influenced wines to the north, and Catalunian-influences to the south. This diversity (and relative cheapness of land) lends itself to a wine culture that is very playful. Lots of producers from other regions buy property here to experiment. In addition, there is an abundance of good, inexpensive wine that makes it to US shores from Languedoc, most with very "cheeky" names.