REGION Ardeche, France
TERROIR Limestone, Basalt
Dark fruits - Spicy - Mineral
This is light and even a touch spritzy. On the nose there all kinds of berries, dark, cranberries - the palate has a bit more spice to it with a mineral finish. Lovely for any day of the week.
From two parcels, one planted on limestone and the other on basalt. The grapes were macerated in whole bunches for 3 weeks before being pressed off to cuvee. Plenty of dark fruits on show with a pleasing mineral backbone. Always one of Sylvain’s most popular wines and it’s easy to see why.
Sylvain’s vineyards are spread over two sites. The closer to the cellar is composed mainly of limestone with very little topsoil and is planted with Chardonnay and Grenache Blanc, as well as a few rows of old vine Grenache Noir and Merlot. Further north in the valley at higher altitude we find Gamay, Syrah and some more Grenache Noir planted on basalt.
Sylvain ferments most of the grapes on their stems with only the old vine Grenache that is good enough to go into Neck Plus Ultra de-stemmed for a slower traditional maceration. Other work in the cellar is minimal, with no additions of any kind. Sylvain’s patience and knowledge result in wines of purity and freshness, without compromising on depth. As Sylvain says, ‘I don’t want to make nouveau wines, let winter do its job (in terms of settling the wines). I release them when they are ready.”
CHEESE & FOOD PAIRING
Try this with goats cheese like Blackmount