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Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Gigondas “Les Racines”
80% Grenache, 15% Syrah – Cinsault (co-planted) 5% Clairette 65 years average Red sandy clay, Limestone, Scree 15 ha
Gigondas “Terrasse du Diable”
90% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Clairette 45 years average Red sandy clay, Limestone, Scree 10 ha
Gigondas Rosé “Au Petit Bonheur”
33% Grenache, 33% Clairette, 33% Cinsault Younger vines Clay, Limestone Varies
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Property is located at the extreme north of the appellation, with mostly northern exposure

• All vineyards are sustainably farmed

• Harvests are done by hand

• Two rigorous sortings of the grapes

• Grapes are partially de-stemmed and pressed gently by pneumatic press

• All wines fermented with indigenous yeasts


Vin de France Rosé “Au Petit Bonheur” :

• Wine obtains AOC Gigondas rosé in some vintages

• Grapes are sourced from youngest vines; juice obtained by direct press

• Blend varies year-to-year

• Wine is fermented and aged in demi-muids

• Wine completes malolactic fermentation


Gigondas “Les Racines” :

• Vineyards are situated on stepped, terraced land from the lieu-dit, Les Pallières, located around the winery and cellars (at 250 meters in altitude)

• Traditional fermentation lasts 25-30 days in temperature-controlled cement cuves and wooden vats

• Wine ages in cuves for 10 months, then in foudres for 7-9 months

• Wine is bottled unfiltered and is released two years after the harvest

• Finished cuvée showcases the vineyard parcels around the domaine with the oldest vines—with the emphasis on freshness and extravagant cornucopian fruit


Gigondas “Terrasse du Diable” :

• Grapes are sourced from lieux-dits Poncet, Thomas, Les Pallières, and Terrasse du Diable

• Traditional fermentation lasts 25-30 days in temperature-controlled cement cuves and wooden vats

• Wine ages in cuves for 10 months, then in foudres for 12 months

• Wine is bottled unfiltered and is released two years after the harvest

• “Terrasse du Diable,” encompasses the low-yielding vines from the higher altitudes (250-400 meters) that express great structure and intense minerality

General Information

Country
France
Region
Southern Rhône
Appellation(s)
Gigondas
Producer
Famille Brunier, Kermit Lynch
Founded
500 years ago
Annual Production
8,500 cases
Farming
Organic (practicing)
Website
http://www.vieux-telegraphe.fr
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