Appellation: Vin de France
Grape variety: 100% Merlot (2020 vintage)
ABV: 12.5% by vol.
Vineyard size: 5 hectares
Terroir: Clay-limestone. “La Mothe” plot.
Elevation: 175 meters, with light northern exposure
Average age of vines: 20 years
Farming: Certified organic. Vines have been farmed organically since planting in 2001.
Harvest: By hand. No destemming.
Vinification: Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. No fining. No filtration.
Aging: 18+ months in stainless steel. Bottled May 19, 2022.
Sulfur added: None
Production: 350 bottles
Wacky complexity, with big fruit, acid and a touch of residual sugar. Orviétan: a remedy cure for all maladies, peddled by a phoney or an imposter.