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Les Combes Organic

Protected from the Mistral wind and facing south, the Combes provide a natural shelter for the vines and favour the maturation of the grapes. We deliver this spicy and warm cuvée, keeping a nice freshness and a greedy sincerity with a tense finish.

Les cartes en main

Nature

The soils here are arid and the average altitude is 200 m. The parcels are south facing yet surrounded by woodlands and therefore protected from the effects of the Mistral. The vines are forced to work hard and grow deep roots in order to find the water they require for their survival.

The hand of man

The generosity of the Grenache is well suited to these harsh conditions and the Syrah imparts finesse. The vines are gobelet trained and yields are at 30 hL/ha. Manual harvests, partial de-stemming, co-fermentation and long vatting periods.

Character and potential

Organoleptic profile of fresh red fruits and sweet spice. Fruity and fresh on the palate with smooth tannins and lingering fruity notes on the persistant finish. Powerful, complex wines with excellent evolution.

Notre ambition

Vision

Edouard Guérin: ‘This area has long been used for the production of Vins Doux Naturels and there is clearly a good reason for this. The challenge is to tame the ardor of the fruit and the use of whole clusters for vinification is therefore a precious ally in this regard.’

Profile

Capturing the unique personality of a terroir is not always easy and we are often required to stand our ground with nature. The challenge is to guide and support the vine in order to disclose its character which can sometimes be concealed by overly easy harvesting and vinification techniques.

Tasting notes

Enticing notes of ripe red fruits, blueberry and strawberry underpinned by peppery aromas and a hint of scrubland herbs.’

Détails techniques

Additional information

SOIL TYPES

Limestone, red sandstone and skeletal marl soils

VARIETALS

Grenache, Syrah

VINIFICATION

Partial de-stemming with 20% whole bunches
– Crushing
– Controlled temperatures of 27/28°C during maceration and long vatting periods of 35 days for the Grenache and 25 days for the Syrah,
– Rack and return during fermentation with good aeration and gentle pumping overs during maceration
– Devatting at the time of tasting

AGEING

In tuns for 8 to 12 months

FOOD AND WINE PAIRING

Game, stewed red meats and plancha cooking

SERVING TEMPERATURE

16-18°C

CELLARING POTENTIAL

1-3 years

A retenir

Srubland influence
Heady and peppery
Wild and intense
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