Appellation: Vin de France
Grapes: 80% Syrah, 20% Carignan
Average Vine Age: Syrah (25 years), Carignan (58 years)
Altitude: Syrah at 800 feet (275m) and Carignan at 950 feet (300m)
Soils/Terroir: Calcareous Albion Schist
Harvest: Hand harvested
Yield: 25 hl/ha
Vinification: The Syrah was harvested on August 28th and the Carignan on September 6th. Direct pressing of the whole bunches is followed by one-night of cold settling in stainless-steel tanks. The juice is then racked off the heavy lees straight into large neutral vats for fermentation. Alcoholic fermentation begins naturally using only indigenous yeasts and lasts 19 days for the Syrah and 11 days for the Carignan. The Syrah and Carignan are blended at the end of fermentation.
Maturation: Aged in large neutral vats for 4 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.