2014 was characterized by a large amount of rainfall and cooler than average temperatures. This translated to a relatively abundant yield, with elevated amounts of juice and acidity and lower levels of sugar. This resulting 100% Merlot is well-rounded and fruit-forward, with a pronounced freshness unique to the millésime. Discreet tannins.
Appellation: Vin de France
Grape variety: 100% Merlot
ABV: 12% by vol.
Vineyard size: 5 hectares
Soil: Clay-limestone (from “Villarzel” parcel)
Elevation: 300 meters, with southern exposure
Average age of vines: 35+ years
Farming: Practicing organic
Harvest: By hand
Vinification: Whole-cluster fermentation with 6-7 day maceration period followed by pressing. Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts.
No fining. No filtration.
Aging: 8 months in stainless steel. Bottled May 29, 2015.
Sulfur added: None
Production: 2,450 bottles