Grape(s): 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault
Localization: Rhone Valley, France
Tasting Notes: "Il fait soif" roughly translates to “It’s thirsty weather." The term was coined in the 1950s by a French philosopher musing about how his countrymen viewed wine as a thirst-quenching beverage. "Il Fait Soif" is made for immediate, easy-drinking pleasure!
Notes: Sorted manual picking, 15-day maceration in concrete vats. Partially de-stemmed clusters fermented with natural yeasts. Some vintages see a light addition of sulfite after malolactic fermentation. 6 months in barrel.
The Domain: Maxime-François Laurent started his small wine-merchant business in 2006. His business consists of a partnership with a local winemaker whose vineyard spreads on circa 6 hectares located around the villages of Montbrison sur Lez and Valréas.
The parcels and the works in the vineyard are carried out throughout the year, and the whole vineyard is cultivated without synthetic chemicals. The vineyard lies on clay-limestone soils which give the wines distinctively fruity and bright flavors. Of course, the picking is exclusively manual, clusters are sorted in the vineyard. Maxime vinifies in the most natural way: without the addition of sulfites upon vatting; fermentation only with natural yeasts; no fining or filtration; and only a little sulfiting after malolactic fermentation (2g/hl).