Vintage: 2014
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: France
Region: Rhone
Appellation: Cotes-Du-Rhone-Villages
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Red Blend
Varietal notes: 80% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre
Organic: Practicing
Vineyard: Sourced from a single parcel called Le Clos des Grenadiers that abuts the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. The Grenache was planted in 1925 and the Mourvedre was planted in 1969.
Soil: Gravelly clay-limestone
Viticulture: Vineyards are worked manually and as naturally as possible in terms of chemical additions. Pesticides have never been used. Yields are kept extremely low and triage is done in the vineyard before grapes arrive at the winery.
Vinification: The grapes are all harvested by hand and sorted both in the vineyard and in the cellar. The bunches are kept whole and fermentations occur naturally with indigenous yeasts and fairly long macerations.
Aging: In the style of Henri Bonneau, the wines are then aged for a minimum of 3½ years in concrete tanks, then bottled without filtration.
Notes: This aged, old vine cuvee is full-bodied, deep and pure with an endearing rusticity. Drinks more like a Baby Châteauneuf!