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60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Carignan
50 hectolitre /hectare
Located in the Gard, 10km south of Lirac, the tiny village of Estezargues (384 habitants) has been dedicated to producing wine for centuries. In 1965, eight winemakers decided to create "La Cave des Vignerons" in order to share their passion for winemaking. They decided to produce wines, which are representative of the local land, using local grape varieties while respecting the environment by following a restrained viticulture "lutte raisonnee" for nearly 50 years.
Vinify without sulphites at low temperature and they neither filtrate their wines nor fining them. The resulting wines are full of fruit and sun, thanks to the warm Mediterranean weather and low yield.
A convergence of flavours from vineyards located on the banks of the Wairau and Awatere rivers. Harvested at optimum ripeness, the grapes were gently pressed and fermented, at cool temperatures, in stainless steel to maximise fruit purity and character. A percentage of the wine was aged on fine lees for 3 months, adding texture, complexity and increased mouth feel to the palate.
Bright straw with golden/green hues, it has an abundance of ripe tropical fruit aromas overlaid with exotic gooseberry and an attractive herbal pungency. The palate balances great concentration with stylish elegance. Fresh, balanced and persistent flavours leading to a long mineral finish.
100% Viognier at 350 meters of altitude
50% of the wine is aged 8 months in barrels on its fine lies.
The granite soil (hence the name of the Cuvée), brings a mineral coolness to this wine which takes from its IGP appellation “vin de Pays” only the name. For sure it’s a great wine in the same league as many Condrieu.
Jancis Robinson: "Banana ice-cream and pineapple with a sweet musky character - overdelivers on the nose. Lovely buttery notes on the palate, buffed and polished to a perfectly round mouthfeel. Lighter than many Rhône Viogniers, but no dilution of flavour. Expertly done - very good." 17 points
93 points Decanter
The unusual horizontal fermentation tanks ensure that the wines benefit from extra lees contact during maturation thereby adding to the complexity and richness of the finished wines. Jean-François prefers a cool fermentation to retain the intrinsic fruit character of his various cuvées whilst also allowing his wines to mature for 3-5 months on their lees. This maximises the wines’ ripe textural style that acts as a counterpoint to the wines’ archetypal fresh minerality
A ripe, fleshy style with full-bodied layers of crushed plum and framed by fruitcake and a lingering expresso note.
“Blended from lots of different plots in Chakana’s Agrelo holdings, this is a great value Malbec that has backed off on both the oak and alcohol in recent years. Perfumed and well balanced, it’s an elegant, refined red with a streak of greenness adding freshness to the finish.” Tim Atkin
Organic and Biodynamic Certified by Demeter.
50% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier
“A beautifully balanced Brut Champagne offering an elegantly expressive bouquet of pale floral notes and subtle hints of brioche and breadcrust. The creamy, refined palate adds to the sense of harmony, style and finesse. The dosage of 9g/l is perfectly judged in order for this excellent Réserve Champagne to provide ideal apéritif enjoyment.” Neil Sommerfelt / Master of Wine
Powerhouse red, with bold red fruits and roasted notes on the nose. Strong black fruits on the palate and ripe tannins brilliantly blended. An elegant and seductive wine! Ideal for rich meaty stews, roast beef and roast ducks.
- Natural wine.
- No chaptalization
- No acidification
- No fining
- No filtration
- No added oenological product