Terroir: The shallow layer of soil is made up of loam and sand and lies on brittle, metamorphic rock which allows the roots to penetrate. The schist rock is the result of the transformation of rocks at great depths during the formation of the Alps. This vineyard in particular is noted for the unmistakable red colour of the ferrous inclusions in the rock.
Vinifcation: The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed. Rack and return as per the classic red winemaking process with fermentation at between 25 and 28°C.
The distinctive character of the parent rock comes across strongly in the wine beginning with its bright ruby red colour of great transparency tending towards garnet. On the nose reminiscent of small red fruit such as blackberry, currant, cherry and raspberry with fresh, floral notes of violet and rose and a finish of wild berries. A dense and silky tannic structure on the palate with a flavoursome beginning and long-lasting finish. A wine of great austerity and purity with considerable potential for ageing.
Score: 90 PointsJamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
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