Le Pas de l’Escalette is the historic trail linking the Mediterranean plain to the high Larzac plateau. The principal cleavage exposing the valley below runs in a north-south direction offering two vineyard orientations: that of the rising and setting sun. Domaine Pas de l’Escalette’s 15 hectares of vineyard, divided among 30 separate parcels, nestles on 350m high terraces supported by clapas, as dry stone walls are known locally, in the lower foothills of the Larzac plateau. Grapes are de-stemmed and fermented in 50hl oak casks with native yeast. Malolactic fermentation and aging takes place in smaller wood casks for about 10 months.
Les Petits Pas or ‘the little steps’ is named after Delphine and Julien Zernott’s two sons, Jules and Gabriel, who were born in Langedoc. This is a light-structured and vibrant wine made of 45% Grenache, 30% Carignan and 25% Syrah. The 2017 Petits Pas clearly shows that the prints of Jules and Gabriel have evolved since the initial vintages.
Bright garnet-red in colour with an explosion of red fruits on the nose. Mouth-watering on the palate with a very light structure and fine tannins. Red fruits persist on the finish contributing to its roundness.