2014 was characterized by a large amount of rainfall and cooler than average temperatures. This translated to a relatively high yield, with high amounts of juice and acidity and lower levels of sugar. The result: a light, soft red with subtle fruit notes, slight tannins and elevated acidity.
Appellation: Vin de France
Grape variety: 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
ABV: 12.5% by vol.
Vineyard size: 5 hectares
Soil: Clay-limestone (from “la Mothe” parcel)
Elevation: 175 meters, with light northern exposure
Average age of vines: 20 years
Farming: Practicing organic. Vines have been farmed organically since planting in 2001.
Harvest: By hand. No destemming.
Vinification: Whole-cluster maceration for 2-3 days, then pressed. Varietals blended directly following pressing. Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. No fining. No filtration.
Aging: 8 months in stainless steel. Bottled June 6, 2014.
Sulfur added: None
Production: 7,200 bottles