Appellation: Vin de France.
Cuvée: Cul Sec.
About: The name is a play on words, Cul-de-Sac, a French term adopted by the English to mean a road that goes nowhere, has no thoroughfare, or a dead end. Cul literally means bottom. The vines lie in a kind of cul-de-sac between the village and the river, there’s nowhere further to go.
Location: between the village of St Jean de Muzols and the river Rhône, surrounded by a mix of vines and fruit trees, mostly apricots, some cherries and peaches.
Size ha: 1.
Age: vines planted in in 2001 and 2005.
Soils: predominantly sand and clay.
Exposition: on flat land.
Training: wire trained.
Farming: very carefully farmed organically.
Average yield hl/ha: 40.
The harvest is picked by hand into small crates and carefully sorted upon entry to the cellar, where it’s put in a cold room until Thierry has the time to process it, depending on the demands of the ripening fruit in the field. It’s fermented whole bunch by natural yeasts with a maceration of 10 days. Aged in stainless steel, it’s bottled with a light touch of sulfites after 7 months or when it’s ready.
Vintage Notes 2016
Yield hl/ha: .
Bottles produced: 1,000.
Date bottled: 2018-06.
Alcohol %: 12.30.
SO2 Total: <20.
Tasting: fine, clear, fresh and cool, with mineral cassis fruit, very digestible.