The vines

 

The local varieties of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsault are particularly well suited to express the terroir of soil, local herbaceous garrigue, and climate to provide plenty of blending options and multi dimensional wines.

All the vines differ in age with some of the Grenache and Carignan being as old as 80 years, whilst the Syrah has an average age of 20 years and the south facing slopes, ensure fantastic drainage with varieties such as the Mourvedre benefiting from the maximum sun exposure, thus ensuring fine maturity for this notoriously difficult to ripen variety.

The vines are either trained in the traditional “Gobelet” – mainly the old Carignan and some of the older Grenache Noir, whereas the remainder are trellised on wire in the “Cordon Royat” form.

The white schist loving Rhone varieties of Viognier and Rousanne also prosper from the longer ripening season and are trained in “Cordon Royat” as well, to produce aromatic well structured wines.