Huge Vintage. Concentrated Wine. It will demand élevage and Cellaring to reveal the excellence of its Terroir. Long keeping, obviously.
The vintage

The period of vegetative rest 2004 - 2005 was marked by an extreme drought, which let forecast serious problems for the Summer period : for over one century, never had been recorded so low levels of rain from January to March... April, on the other hand, benefited from abundant rains which fortu-nately compensated - partly - this water deficit. With the end of spring, the water tables, although very low, had returned to less alar-ming levels. Summer, hot but without excessi-ve temperatures, facilitated a regular and healthy maturing of the grapes. It already let foresee a remarkable Vintage, with concentrations in tannins and in anthocyanes - colour - seldom reached, in parti-cular on Grenache. Another remarkable point, the absence of heat wave allowed pre-serving a maximum of flavours and of freshness. However, a most generous Mistral, and therefore a very dry weather, again raised the question of water supplies, which generated concern amongst the vine growers. Fortunately, rains at the end of August, in the northern part of the Vallée du Rhône, at the beginning of September, in the southern part of the Vallée du Rhône, supported the end of the maturing process. The low grape load, and the per-fect healthy state hitherto, helped, in the best Terroirs, to preserve the grapes from any deterioration. The vinifications could thus begin from a remarkable harvest, quickly releasing colours, tannins, flavours...
Perfectly healthy and ripe. The cask fermentations proceeded well. The Wines are already aromatic, and display a beautiful freshness. Even more, each of them is the perfect Image of its Terroir... Thank you, Mother Nature !

Terroir

Piérelles, Beaumes.

Ageing

New barrels. Allier and Tronçais.

Alcohol content

13,5%

Mise en bouteille

Manually, with light filtration.

Cépages

Marsanne
Roussanne

Gorgeous from start to finish, with fig, cardamom, quince paste, grilled hazelnut and allspice notes. A big, powerful style, this is richly textured, but deftly underpinned by fine acidity and a long, lingering note of Jonagold apple. Drink now through 2017.

James Molesworth
Wine Spectator , 94/100 , 2008-04-30