Found right in the middle of the Faugères appellation, our vineyards cover just over 20 hectares on the foothills of the Cévennes looking down on the village of Laurens. The vines, lying in an ideal spot at an altitude of 180 metres, are between 30 and 60 years old and naturally produce low yields.
Pinot gris, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon gris, Muscat à petits grains rose, Piquepoul gris, Savagnin rose, Clairette rose, Trousseau gris, Grolleau gris, Mauzac rose, Riveyrenc gris, Grenache gris.
The soil is dominated by the sandstone schist of Laurens-Cabrières, like the neighbouring areas of the Faugéres hills. This type of soil presents a fragile structure which is slightly acidic and can be difficult for the vines, but when treated with adapted cultivation methods, provides well balanced vines.
A rainy and cold winter (snow on 28th February) followed by a cool and very wet spring made it difficult to take optimal care of the soils. Incessant rain in spring caused development of mildew which decimated the Grenache and Carignan. Fortunately, the Syrah and Mourvèdre ripened well and were harvested in optimal conditions. Total harvest losses due to disease and also summer drought, amounted to some 40%.
Double Cordon de Royat pruning for low yields of 30 hl/ha
Hand harvested with parcel selection for the ripest grapes on August 29 and then on September 5.
Immediate pressing and controlled temperatures.
Vinification in steel tanks for 3/4 of the harvest, the remainder was vinified in new oak barrels.
Aged on fine lees for 6 months with regular stirring.
We produced 1,400 bottles of this surprising wine.
Delightfully bright colour with silver highlights.
Incredible aromatic intensity: white and yellow peach, grey pepper, Williams pear and a hint of cinnamon.
Smooth on the palate without heaviness, fresh without aggressivity.
A true pleasure every time.
Bresse Capon with morel mushrooms, Epoisse cheese.