|Partner:||Domaine Emile Grelier|
A bold yet smooth wine with an undisguised and complex attack on the palette with aromas of cinnamon, white and pink pepper, blackcurrant, wild blackberry and peony.
|Serve at:||Room temperature 16°C to 18°C|
|Serve with:||Game dishes, grilled meats even with strong sauces, strong cheeses|
|Soil:||Combination of blue and silty clay|
|Cultivation:||The entire cultivation process is monitored and certified as Organic Farming by Ecocert (Agriculture Biologique) and the approved marks are visible on bottle labels. Great care is taken in both the cultivation and management of the vines which are trained to a height of 1.4m and pruned using a short “Cordon de Royat” method which encourages small bunches of small grapes to ensure an excellent relationship between the grape skin and its juice, perfect for denser wines.
Additionally, Benoit and Delphie are introducing fruit trees in the vines to encourage further wildlife (bats) that help manage the insect population (consuming 50% of their own body weight each night!)
The soil is turned in two out of three rows each year and then rotated each year to maintain durability and avoid overworking of the soil. Mowing is limited to preserve a pleasant yet natural environment that is improved with regular sowing of plants between the rows to provide additional natural nutrients to enrich the soil and vines.
|Vinification:||The presence of trees enforce mixed harvesting methods of manual and mechanical. Grapes are sorted and selected to remove any impurities to protect the grape skins prior to their fermentation with their juice in large vats. The maceration lasts about 3 weeks under a temperature controlled regime. Racking (pouring the juice off from the lees) is carefully controlled to disturbing the wine as little as possible. The wine is not oaked but allowed to mature naturally.|