1605 SAN PABLO AVENUE, BERKELEY, CA 94702   |   510.524.1524

KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT

Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Côtes du Rhône Blanc “Sunflower Cuvée”
Varies : 20% Marsanne, 20% Viognier, 20% Roussanne, 40% Marsanne, Picpoul de Pinet, and Viognier (co-fermented) 50 years Limestone 10 ha
Côtes du Rhône Rouge
Varies : Primarily Grenache, with Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre 40 years average Marl, Limestone 36 ha
Côtes du Rhône Rouge
“Réserve des Armoiries”
Varies : 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 5% Carignan 40 years average Marl, Limestone 36 ha
Côtes du Rhône Rouge “Cypress Cuvée”
Varies : Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre 30 years Varies Varies
Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Blanc
50% Viognier, 50% Chardonnay 18 years Clay, Limestone 2.5 ha
Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Rouge
55% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Merlot, 10% Marselan 18 years Clay, Limestone 3.5 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• All blends are subject to change, vintage to vintage. See specific wines below for details by vintage.


Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Blanc :

• Made for Kermit by Domaine de Durban

• Harvested by hand

• Grapes ferment by carbonic maceration in temperature-controlled, stainless steel cuves

• Grapes pressed gently by pneumatic press

• Wine ages for 6 months in cuves before bottling


Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Rouge :

• Made by Domaine de Durban

• Harvested by hand

• Grapes are 100% de-stemmed

• Grapes ferment by carbonic maceration in temperature-controlled, stainless steel cuves

• Grapes pressed gently by pneumatic press

• Wine goes through malolactic fermentation in cement cuves

• Wine ages for 8 months in cuves before being bottled unfiltered


Côtes du Rhône Rouge :

• Wine is made by Jean-François Pasturel at Terres d’Avignon

• Vinification is traditional, with only natural yeasts, in temperature-controlled, cement cuves

• Maceration lasts approximately 25 days

• Wine is aged in cement tank before bottling
2012 blend: 66% Grenache, 25 % Syrah, 7% Carignan, 1% Cinsault, 1% Mourvèdre
2011 blend: 62% Grenache, 32 % Syrah, 3% Carignan, 2% Cinsault, 1% Mourvèdre
2010 blend: 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 16% Carignan, 3% Mourvèdre, 1% Cinsault


Côtes du Rhône Blanc “Sunflower Cuvée”:

• Wine is made by Louis Barruol

2012 blend: 45% Marsanne, 45% Roussanne , 10% Roussanne/Clairette

2011 blend: 33% Viognier, 33% Roussanne, 22% Marsanne, and 12% Picpoul. The Viognier is sourced from a younger vine parcel (séléction massale). The Rousanne is sourced from the Gard, harvested in two passes. Marsanne and Picpoul are sourced from the same vineyard and vinified together in old barriques. The malolactic fermentation is blocked to retain freshness.

2009 blend: The first 20% Marsanne, 20% Viognier, and 20% Roussanne of the blend are all fermented in oak, the remaining 40% is fermented in cuves

• Starting with the 2010 vintage, the appellation changed to “Appellation Côtes du Rhône Protégée” (A.O.P.) instead of “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée” (A.O.C.).


Côtes du Rhône Rouge “Cypress Cuvée":

• Wine is made by Louis Barruol

• Wine is vinified and aged in concrete tanks

2009 blend: 80% Syrah, 20% Grenache

2010 blend: 75% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache (the majority of the grapes are sourced from the red clay vineyards of Vinsobres).

2011 blend: 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre
2012 blend: 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre