Big ripe red and stewed fruit, reflecting the heat of the 2018 summer. Fuller-bodied, with subtle vegetal notes and tingling acid at finish.
Appellation: Vin de France
Grape variety: 100% Merlot (2018 harvest)
ABV: 13.5% by vol.
Vineyard Size: 5 hectares
Terroir: Clay-limestone (from “Villarzel” parcel)
Elevation: 175 meters, with light northern exposure
Average age of vines: 20 years
Farming: Practicing organic (vines farmed organically since planting in 2001)
Harvest: By hand. No destemming.
Vinification: Whole-cluster maceration for 2-3 days, then pressed. Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. No fining. No filtration.
Aging: 11+ months in stainless steel. Bottled September 30, 2019.
Sulfur added: None
Production: 4,589 bottles