La Croix de Saint Jean was established in 2004 by Michel Fabre, a grape grower and winemaker (also winemaker at Villa Baulieu). Three generations of Michel’s family, his father Robert and his son Alexis, are involved in the business. The wines are aptly named the father, ‘Lo Paire’, and the child, ‘Lo Mainatge’, in Occitan to reflect this. The Fabre family specifically selected schist, limestone and clay soils on the slopes of the Black Mountain at different altitudes (80-300 metres) to plant their vineyards. This north east corner of the Minervois appellation, known as Les Causses, is slightly cooler, bringing freshness and delicate aromatics to the wines. They have 18 hectares planted with Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre and the vineyards are sustainably farmed. The Signature is 90% de Syrah, 10% de Mouvèdre. It is just beginning to come into its drinking window and will improve over the next five years. Will benefit from being decanted. Enjoy with grilled red meats.