Appellation: Vin de France
Grapes: 80% Merlot, 20% Malbec
Average Vine Age: Merlot (22 years), Malbec (30 years)
Altitude: 220m (720 feet)
Soils/Terroir: Clay-sandstone soils (argilo-gréseux)
Harvest: Hand harvested
Winemaking: The grapes are hand harvested and separately fermented whole cluster in stainless-steel tanks. Fermentation begins spontaneously, utilizing only the naturally occurring indigenous yeasts. To avoid over extraction there are no punch downs or pump overs. Depending on the variety, the grapes are pressed after 10-14 days and the juice finishes fermentation in tank. Blending of the 2 varieties occurs after the completion of malolactic fermentation.
Maturation: Aged 6 months in in stainless-steel tanks. 1 month prior to bottling a low dose of sulfur is added. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Total SO2: 26ppm