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Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Tavel “La Combe des Rieu”
Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan Planted in 1950s, 1976 Limestone scree, Clay 1.42 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Vines are trained in traditional gobelet style to protect from Mistral and shield grapes from sun
• Hand-harvested
• Wine is sourced from three parcels
• All parcels are co-planted and include small percentages of Mourvèdre, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Clairette Rose, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, and Carignan Blanc
• Whole-cluster fermentation in tank with indigenous yeast lasts 8 days
• Occasional light pump-overs
• Wine completes malolactic fermentation
• Aged in stainless steel tank until June bottling
• Unfined and unfiltered
• Tiny doses of SO2 added during élevage and bottling
• Soil is known as lauzes, which refers to slate-like slabs of white limestone over a thin layer of clay; this terroir is typical of the combe du Malaven zone of the Tavel AOC. The combe is a large, east-facing amphitheater just west of the village, featuring poor, shallow clay-limestone soils (one of three terroirs in the AOC along with sand and galets roulés)

General Information

Country
France
Region
Southern Rhône
Appellation(s)
Tavel
Producer
Gaël Petit
Founded
1572
Annual Production
145 cases
Farming
Organic (practicing)
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