From the vineyard to the winery, 53 growers in the renowned French appellation of St. Jean de Minervois have put all their talent and know-how into making naturally sweet, fresh, and fruity Les Petits Grains from the noble Muscat à Petits Grains grape variety. Located near the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea between the Pyrenees Mountains and the Rhone River, the Val d'Orbieu winery sits on a limestone plateau surrounded by steep, rocky cliffs. The unique combination of the delicate soil of the appellation, the sun reflecting off the dry white stones, and the brisk northerly winds produces wines of unparalleled character, finesse and freshness.

  • Terroir
    30 miles from the Mediterranean Sea on the foothills of the Montagne Noir (Black Mountain), Val d’Orbieu’s St. Jean de Minervois winery stands on a limestone plateau surrounded by steep cliffs. At an altitude of 980 feet above sea level, the sun reflects off the dry white stones in the soil, swept by northerly winds.
  • Grapes
    Muscat à Petits Grains
  • Vinification
    The grapes are harvested by hand when they are overripe to ensure maximum sugar concentration. Yields are low at an average of 25hl/ha depending on the year. After cold settling, the wine is kept at low temperatures, 64°F, to optimize fruit and flavor extraction. Neutral alcohol is added to halt the fermentation process and preserve the sweetness. The wine must have a minimum alcohol level of 15% and residual sugar content of 125g/l.
  • Tasting notes
    It has a brilliant golden color and boasts flavors of honey, quince and apricot. The bouquet reveals hints of peaches and orange zest highlighted by elegant spicy notes. To taste this wine is to sink your teeth into a lovely ripe grape, which is round and fleshy on the palate.
  • Served with
    As an elegant aperitif, with strong blue cheeses, with a wide range of desserts (cheese cake, crème brulée, crème caramel, fruit tarts, ice cream, chocolate) or as a digestif.
  • Temperature
    Serve chilled: 45°F – 46°F