BLEND: 68% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 5% Mourvèdre and 5% Carignan
VINEYARDS: A selection of fruit from estate vineyards near the commune of Orange (north of Châteauneuf-du-Pape) from lieu-dit ‘Sainte Cardille,’ and from Saint Laurent des Arbres in Lirac (west across the river from Châteauneuf), from lieu-dits ‘Gissac’ and ‘Le Clau.’ Soils are sandy, rich in quartz.
AGE OF VINES: 40-70 years
WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested. Partially destemmed; fermented on indigenous yeasts in cement tank. Aged 55% in cement tank, 25% in older foudre and 20% in stainless steel tank. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Aromas of garrigue, cherries and blackberries, light incense. Moderate tannins, mouth-filling. Flavors of raspberries, black cherries. Long finish.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Grilled lamb with herbs; roasted chicken with black olive tapenade