Rhône Valley - Côte-Rôtie
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Oeil : deep crimson with carmine tints.
Nez : the complex, predominately floral, nose opens with aromas of red fruit, spice and tapenade.
Bouche : fresh on entry, dynamic and silky tannins, leading to sweet spices and cedar notes on the finish.
Les conseils du Sommelier : Recommended food pairing: stuffed quails with cep mushrooms, roasted small game. Serving temperature: 19°C. Ageing potential: 20-30 years.
Cépage(s) : Syrah
Vendanges : Harvested by hand.
Sol : This wine is made from a blend of our four plots: • The Côte Brune with its soil of fractured mica-schist, which gives the wine structure and power, • The Côte Blonde, located on a vein of gneiss, which provides elegance and a floral character, • Neve, located to the north of the appellation, with a soil composed of stony mica-schist, endowing the wine with tension and minerality, • Tupins, to the extreme south of the appellation, in an area of migmatite and sandy loam, adding notes of spice and dark fruit.
Vinification : The vinification takes place in unclad, rough concrete tanks. The harvested grapes are completely de-stemmed. Native yeasts are used for the fermentation during which the temperature is allowed to gradually rise to 30-32°C. The vatting period lasts from 4 to 5 weeks with regular pumping over operations carried out at the start of the maceration, some cap punching, and then a passive infusion with a stirring of the lees in the last 3 weeks. By tasting the wine in the tank each day, we are able to tailor our different operations to the wine and determine the best running-off date.
Elevage : The wine goes into barrel “hot” after run-off and 24 to 48 hours sedimentation to eliminate any remaining solid matter and the coarsest lees. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. 50% in 228-litre barrels (pièces bourguignonnes), 50% in 600-litre barrels (demi-muids), of which 20 to 25% are new. The wine is racked at the end of winter. Ageing can last 12 to 18 months depending on the vintage and our tastings of the wine.
Degré d’alcool : 14