This cuvée’s primary source is a very steep, terraced vineyard in the Côte Brune above Ampuis. The soil here is notably more limestone schistous, compared to the Côte Blonde where more acidic and sandy soils grow wines of less dense color. Together these wines create a seamless whole in one of the most exciting appellations in the Northern Rhône. Pure Syrah, grown at minuscule yields from 70 year old vines, gives this wine power and spiciness, and perhaps less outright mass than any of Ermitage selections. Yet its sensual thrills resonate long after the taste has been consumed, and its gain in time of the more earthy and smoky notes so typical of great Côte Rôtie make it one of the world’s unique wine wonders.
APPEARANCE: Deep ruby red
NOSE: Raspberry, a hint of violet, predominant spices (rosemary) and a touch of black olive tapenade
PALATE: Full flavored, elegant and very well structured. Nicely balancing red fruit (raspberry) and notes of black olive and spice
VARIETAL: 100% Syrah
TERROIR: Chlorite and ferruginous mica-schists blending in loess depressions and earth veins. The plot producing this wine is located on the border of the “Côte Blonde”
VINIFICATION: Hand-harvested at maturity. The grapes are entirely destemmed and vinified in concrete tank. Daily pumping over ensure a good extraction of the colour and tannins. The temperature of vinification does not exceed 89.6°F. Only the free-run juice is used.
Aging; Entirely aged in oak casks (225 liters), with a proportion of new ones between 14 and 18 months. . According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30-60 years, indeed from 50-75 years.
Gastronomy: Small game (pheasant, duck), tender red meat dishes in red wine sauces and soft cheeses.