Jammy on the nose. Medium-bodied balance of tannins, fruit and spice, with underlying vegetal notes at finish and slight effervescence. Typical Pierre.
Appellation: Vin de France
Grape varieties: 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon (2011 harvest)
ABV: 12.5% by vol.
Vineyard Size: 5 hectares
Terroir: Clay-limestone (from “la Mothe” 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. Varieties blended directly following pressing. Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. No fining. No filtration.
Aging: 11+ months in stainless steel. Bottled August 17, 2012.
Sulfur added: None
Production: 4,500 bottles