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25 year old Chardonnay and 45 year old Chenin from multiple parcels.
Slopes are 450-600 meters in altitude facing South/East.
Clay and gravel.
HARVEST : hand picked
Each variety and parcel are harvested and pressed separately.
9 to 12 months in old, French oak demi-muids for fermentation and élevage.
Chardonnay goes through full malolactic fermentation, the Chenin Blanc does not.
Located in the Aude valley, on the very edge of Languedoc, a remarkably beautiful place filled with ancient stories. Geneviève and Gilles live and work at the very top of a 600m summit overlooking land that was once occupied by the armies of Charlemagne. You can see why. It's covered in jutting limestone rocks creating an infinity of discrete microclimates and sloped vineyards. It was a place known for the most brutal warriors who apocryphally ate sword spears in their salads and shaved with pistol shot. The domaine's crest is a chess piece called the rook or castle in homage to this history. It's a harsh wilderness which requires a courage and temperament that is embodied perfectly by Gilles and Geneviève.
Their home and cellar comes from Gilles's grandfather, atop a rocky cliff called d'amour dur, or tough love. Where the wildnerness surrounding certainly grounds the dur aspect of this place, Gilles and Geneviève are all love. For 20 years they've been slowly building the domain which now includes a bottling and riddling facility 10 minutes away from the house. From here they help out a lot of smaller winemakers, offering equipment and expertise. They know the land well and take a lot of pride in their viticultural map of the place. Each little divot in the pockmarked landscape has its issues, but their wines have turned these idiosyncracies into complexity and character. Like a lot of winemakers, they say they are speaking through limestone and mauzac and chardonnay, etc. In the wines' transparency, these vignerons have a lot to say.
Denny & Katie
Your friendly neighborhood wine shop and tiny bar, focused on small production wines and conservas. Connect with us on Instagram for suggestions on your next bottle and to follow along in our downtown Lafayette wine journey.
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210 EAST VERMILION STREET LAFAYETTE, LA 70501
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