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- Wines in Portfolio -

SUPER MODESTE

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Type: Dry sparkling

Appellation: Vin de France

Site & Vines: 25 year old vines 

Grenache Blanc and Vermentino

Vinification & Elevage:  Hand harvested, co-fermented and bottled (with a light filtration) before fermentation ends. Primary fermentation is finished in bottle and responsible for the natural bubbles. (Best opened cold!)

Notes: Contrary to the name, this is an exuberant bubbly full of citrus and pear aromatics. It has screaming acidity and tastes drier than it is. What little residual sugar there is comes across in the texture and roundness of the palate more than the perception of sweetness. Playful and delicious with a classic Provencal iodine, mineral finish. 

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Type: Dry rose

Color: Very pale pink color

Appellation: Côteaux d’Aix en Provence

Site & Vines: 15 year old vines

60% Grenache Noir, 15% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Vermentino

Vinification & Elevage:  Hand harvested. Direct press for the Vermentino, Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre while saignée for the Syrah. Co-fermented during successive days with each new day’s fruit innoculated with the ferment from the previous day’s tank. Bottled in March following the vintage without filtration and a tiny amount of SO2.

Notes: Classic Provençal rosé with aromas of peach, orange skin, strawberry, and hints of cucumber. Mineral-driven on the palate and crisp.

GALINETTE BLANC

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Type: Dry white 

Appellation: Côteaux d’Aix en Provence

Site & Vines: 25 year old vines

70% Grenache Blanc, 10% Ugni Blanc, 10% Clairette and 10% Vermentino

Vinification & Elevage:  Hand harvested. Grenache is pressed immediately while a 3 day cold soak for the other varietals. All four varietals are co-fermented and raised in stainless steel tank but for a small measure which is raised in neutral barrel.

Notes: freshness and roundness with notes of citrus fruits and white flowers and an iodine flavor.

LES AMIS

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Type: Dry red

Appellation: Côteaux d’Aix en Provence

Site & Vines: 25 year old vines

85% Syrah (Serine, small berry ancient Syrah), 15% Grenache Noir.

Vinification & Elevage:  Hand harvested, Syrah cold soak during two days followed by whole-bunch, carbonic maceration for two weeks in stainless steel tank. Traditional vinification for the Grenache. After fermentation is completed, the wine is transfered to large wooden foudre for 9 months of élevage. Bottled in the spring following harvest without SO2.

Age-ability: wait 2-3 years

Notes: Has all the perfume, perhaps without the flesh, of a Northern Rhône Syrah. Very perfumed.

Notes of fruit and leather on a complex and generous mouth with a certain freshness

COCHON, VDF

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Type: Dry red

Appellation: Vin de France

Site & Vines: 15 year old vines

Vinification & Elevage:  Hand harvested

Notes:  As the name suggests, the whole hog here. A little bit of everything and 100% delicious. Press juice from the Pomponette rosé with additions of just about everything else. Fermented and raised in stainless steel tank and bottled in the spring following the vintage without SO2.

Easy-drinking wine, fluid with fruity aromas

Drinks like Bojo villages: bright, red-fruited, smooth as silk with a touch of spice. Oink! Oink!

Domaine de Sulauze

Côteaux d'Aix en Provence 

https://www.domainedesulauze.com/

Certified Organic and Biodynamic

According to Guillaume and Karina Lefèvre, "Domaine de Sulauze is more than a vineyard. It's a place that is alive and meant to be shared." And so it is at the annual raucous pig roasts where the bounty of the vineyard & cellar, brewery & hop yard, bakery & mill, olive groves, and farm animals, is all proudly shared at the table. Karina and Guilhaume came to the domaine in 2004 and immediately converted the vines to organic farming and a few years later, to biodynamic farming as well. Today the domaine is a winery, brewery and mixed use farm that encompasses 500 hectares of organic farmland. They have 30 hectares of vines on limestone and sand planted to classic Provence varieties like Vermentino, Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc and Clairette for the whites and Grenache, Syrah (and the more rare Sereine), Cab Sauvignon, Cinsault and Mourvèdre. Over the years Guillaume has brought back many vine cuttings taken from massale selection and grafted them onto his rootstock and now makes single parcel bottlings from these vines, including Vermentino and Sciacarello from Antoine Abatucci’s vines and Sereine (a historic, locally adapted variety of Syrah) from Hermitage. Everything is harvested by hand, fermentations are with native yeasts and whether sulfur is added at bottling depends on the vintage and cuvée. The domaine’s single parcels are ploughed by horse.