Appellation: Vin de France
Grapes: 100% Roussanne
Average Vine Age: Roussanne (41 years)
Altitude: 1,150 feet (350m)
Soils/Terroir: .4ha South-East facing parcel of red clay and limestone soils, with a high proportion of oxidized iron.
Harvest: Hand harvested
Winemaking: The Roussanne is the first harvest of the vintage and the whole bunches are directly pressed upon arrival in the cellar. The juice undergoes 2 days of cold settling, then is racked off the gross lees straight into barrels. Fermentation begins naturally using only indigenous yeasts and is carried out entirely in 228L French oak barrels. Stirring of the fine lees begins near the end of alcoholic fermentation. In 2019 malolactic fermentation was partly blocked to preserve freshness in the wine.
Maturation: 100% of the volume is aged 7-8 months in used 228L French oak barrels. The barrels are made from tight grained French oak that is lightly toasted, and specially selected from the coopers Chassin and Damy. Racked into stainless steel one month prior to bottling. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Total SO2: 40ppm