The name of the domaine is linked to the village, Les Ulmes, which comes from the Latin word ulmus meaning elm tree. These majestic trees were formerly quite common in the village, but have since disappeared. The two brothers Pacal and François Champion were happy to choose this emblem for the estate because the elm, like the oak, is a tree associated with prophets. Planted in the centre of the village, an elm tree is an important landmark, singling out a place where people go to discuss. An allusion by the Latin poet Catullus describes the elm as the husband, and vine the wife...
Les Ulmes is a location that is full of history. It is said that the Christ appeared in the town church in 1668, and a treasure was found in the village by two winegrowers in 1932. This consisted of 60 kilos of Roman sesterces dating from the 1st and 2nd centuries AD with the effigy of emperors Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, and Commodus.
Domaine des Ormes combines two passions: viticulture and family. Winemakers for 6 generations, Pascal and François are devoted to perpetuating the family tradition. The two brothers often worked with their father, who gradually instilled a love for winegrowing in them. It was François who started looking after things when their father retired. Pascal joined later on after traveling around the world for the army.
The vines are on average 30 years old. Most were planted by the previous generation more than 40 years ago. The oldest vines, more than a century old, were planted in curved rows to make it easier for horses to plough in times past. Pascal and François are very attached to preserve the work of their ancestors.
Once the grapes have been completely destemmed and crushed, they are fermented at 82 °F in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. Pumping-over three times a day at the beginning of vatting and a total of 15 days on the skins extracts the full tannins. 6 to 10 months ageing before bottling.
The nose is beautifully complex with notes of green bell pepper, fresh underbrush, ripe blackberries, and truffles, with the freshness of ripe strawberries. Mid-palate, the wine is like a bowl of berries, with a dark concentration of fruits, firm structure, and soft-silky tannins that allow the finish to linger
Enjoy with grilled meats, hearty vegetables, roasted poultry, and grilled sausage.
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