Decree June 1976
The AOC Languedoc - Saint-Saturnin, combines four communes situated about half way between the Mediterranean and the Larzac plateau : Saint-Saturnin de Lucian, Jonquières, Arboras and Saint-Guiraud,
Grape varieties : Red wines
Principal grapes :
- Grenache N
- Mourvèdre N
- Syrah N
Complementary grapes :
- Carignan N
- Cinsault N
Blend of grapes :
The wines result from blending grapes, grape must or wines, from at least 3 varieties – at least two principal ones.
A variety may not represent more than 70% in the blend.
The proportion of principal varieties must be over or equal to 40% of the blend.
Alcohol levels : Grapes for the wines must be picked when well mature and alcohol levels must be over 12%
Yields : The final yields for Saint-Saturnin must not exceed 50 hectolitres per hectare.
When production from young vines can be used : The AOC Languedoc-Saint-Saturnin label can only be granted to young vines from their 5h year.
Planting density by hectare : The minimim density is 4,400 plants per hectare
Vine pruning : The vines must be hard pruned with a maximum of 10 buds per stem. Each spur may only have 2 buds.
Maturing : The red wines must mature at least until 15 August of the year following the harvest.