Côtes du Rhône Rouge, Domaine Lafond
VARIETIES: Grenache 70%, Syrah 30%
NATURE OF SOIL : Rocky clay-limestone in one of the vineyards, sandy with pebbles in the other (ancient flood plain of the river Rhône)
HARVEST : The grapes are all handpicked, the only way to achieve best quality : the grapes are selected by the harvesters and arrive undamaged at the cellar without any oxidation phenomena. This is also the best way not to hurt the vine-stock and to preserve the future of the vineyard.
WINEMAKING AND MATURING METHODS: Grapes are all destemmed. Then a short maceration takes place for about 8 to 10 days at a temperature controled between 23°C and 30°C, then pressing and fermentation. The maturing continues in stainless steel tanks till the bottling in late spring to keep the best freshness and fruit flavors.
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