Appellation: Vin de France
Cuvée: Libre Comme l’Air
Grapes: Grenache Noir 100%
About: Means free as the air. This Cuvée was made without any added sulfites for the first time in 2017. So there’s a looser, less structured feel to the wine, a little bit untamed fruit character. The fruit is selected from the younger but less vigorous vines on more sandy soils.
Location: just west of Tulette.
Size: from 1 hectare.
Age: vines planted in 1982.
Soils: well draining sandy soils.
Exposition: basically flat.
Altitude: 100 to 150m.
Training: although everything was planted in gobelet, much was re-trained to cordon de royat on wire in the 1980’s for the “convenience” of the worker, rather than the health of vine and fruit.
Farming: organic, as above.
Average yield hl/ha: 30.
The fruit, whole bunches, was foot-trodden in the cases into which they were picked, and manually put into fibreglass tank to ferment, using natural yeasts and no other entrants, no sulfites. No temperature control, but ambient 31 to 32ºC. Two delestages (rack and return, all the wine is drained off the marc, the skins, then put back in, thus thoroughly aerating the wine and soaking the skins) were carried out during a total cuvaison or time on skins of 12 days.
After pressing the wine was put back in tank to age for six months. It was bottled under cork without fining or filtration.
Vintage notes 2017
Yield hl/ha: 10 hl/ha
Harvested: September 15.
Bottles produced: 900 plus some magnums.
Date bottled: 2018-07.
Alcohol: 14.5 %
SO2 Total: 0
Tasting: savoury yet juicy, medium-full bodied wine with lovely aromas of polished leather, violets, red cherry, black pepper and almond paste, with firm tannins back and side, gentle, quite cool, elegant.