One out of our 5 hectares of Syrah, are "old vines", planted in 1981 and 1983. 30 -40 year old vines, when properly handled, are special. Old vines are rooted deeply. They are resistant to drought and produce smaller crops. The average yields decrease leading to more concentrated, intense wines. Wine from old vines tastes more intense and profound and embodies "terroir". In our case, the heat of the summer days, the freshness of the nights and the Mistral.
Our old Syrah were hand-picked. We swear by wild yeasts clinging to surfaces in our vineyard and our winery and spontaneous fermentation. During this phase we mix pure grape berries (80%) with 20% whole bunches and stems for greater complexity and silkier tannins. During the fermentation we use temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Later we age the Indigène about 18 months in traditional oak barrels. The assemblage with about 20% Cabernet Sauvignon takes place shortly before bottling.
A wine to keep for the next ten years. Limited to 4460 bottles and delivered in a traditional wooden wine box (OWC).
The robe is deep, dark in colour with purple reflections.
The aromatic profile is powerful and complex, revealing notes of tobacco, liquorice, scrubland and undergrowth.
The palate is ample, full, coated, tender and balanced, with silky, delicate tannins, giving way to peppery notes, a peony aroma and a roasted tonality.
Best in a generous glas slightly closed at the top to instantly perceive the aromas, voluptuousness and generosity of this great Syrah.
Brilliant with entrecote and steaks, with game, lamb, piglet and grilled chicken. Perfect for stronger flavoured and spicy dishes. Prunes, chocolate, onions, garlic, mushrooms, pepper, and olives, laurel, thyme or rosemary are the basic ingredients for perfect Syrah dishes. Also a good accompaniment for grilled salmon or strong-tasting vegetarian dishes, such as a pasta dish with spicy tomato sauce and mature grated cheese.
Syrah marries well with mature hard cheeses produced from cow or sheep’s milk. (Parmigiano Reggiano, Sbrinz, Pecorino or Manchego). Also appropriate for mature and fruity soft cheeses such as Camembert, Münster or Brie de Meaux.
Strong Syrah wines go perfectly with chocolate made of high quality cocoa beans.Our favorite is a piece of dark chili chocolate and a sip Syrah wine. The mix of bitter chocolate, chili notes and typical Syrah aromas of black currants and spices will delight you.
Gold Medal: Concours International de Lyon 2020
Lyon is recognised as the capital of gastronomy and good taste, and so it was only natural that the city should be a showcase for the world’s best wines.
The Concours International de Lyon has a reputation in keeping with its prestigious partners: Les Toques Blanches Lyonnaises, the Association des Sommeliers de Rhône Alpes, Metro, and Global Wine and Spirits.
The enthusiasm for this competition is widespread. International tasters from all sectors (oenologists, sommeliers, chefs, wine shop owners, as well as knowledgeable consumers) have made this competition an important event on their agenda. The position of honorary president alternates between a well-known sommelier and a chef from Lyon. In 2020, some 7870 samples from 39 countries were tasted.
Médaille Argent: Vinalies®Internationales, Paris 2020
Every year, the Union of French Œnologists organises one of the most prestigious competitions in the wine world. Created in 1994, the Vinalies® Internationales Competition has become one of the major events. It is a major event in terms of its longevity, since it is being held for the 26th time, but also in terms of its renown. Over 5 days, the jury members, all experts in sensorial analysis, gather together each morning under the presidency of a French wine specialist, to blind taste wines from all four corners of the world. The jury of 130 tasters from nearly 40 nationalities contributes to the unique character of the event. Last year, over 3,500 bottles were tasted.