Appellation: Vin de France
Grapes: 50% Macabeu, 40% Carignan Blanc, 10% Grenache Gris
Average Vine Age: Macabeu (38 years), Carignan Blanc (70+ years), Grenache Gris (70+ years)
Altitude: 920 feet (280m)
Soils/Terroir: Schist and black shale
Harvest: Hand harvested
Winemaking: All three varieties are harvested together and blended at the press. The juice undergoes one-night of cold settling in stainless-steel tanks, then is racked off the heavy lees straight into large neutral vats for fermentation. Alcoholic fermentation begins naturally using only the naturally occurring indigenous yeasts. No stirring of the fine lees and the wine goes through full malolactic fermentation. After the completion of malolactic fermentation, a very low dose of sulfur is added, and the wine is racked into used French oak barrels of multiple sizes.
Maturation: Aged 6 months in used French oak barrels; half in 4-year-old 228L François Frêres barrels and the other half in 2-year-old demi-muids from Atelier Center France. 2 months prior to bottling the barrels are racked and blended into large neutral vats. The wines are bottled un-fined and unfiltered.
Total SO2: 28ppm