Tasting Note: Powerful nose of blackberries and violets, a beautiful attack on the mouth, smooth tannins and subtle woody notes, beautifully balanced, and an infinitive lasting taste in the mouth. An extreme delicacy and a huge lasting potential.
Food Matching: Grilled red meats, game or fine cheeses/
Grape variety: Syrah, Grenache, Carignan.
Terroir: The three grapes assembled for this wine express in a complementary way the hints of this unique terroir that is the Viala.
Climate: The Viala plot is exposed to the climatic conditions of the mid-south (hot temperatures and low rainfall) in the heights of the village la Livinière at around 120 meters of altitude.
Geology: The ground is made up of a mosaic of stripped marlstone, associated to chalky limestone, as compact limestone dates back to the Eocene period millions of years ago.
Vinification: The harvest is triggered after a very precise monitoring of maturities and a daily grape tasting. The harvest is manual and the grapes are meticulously sorted upon entering the cellar. Syrah and Carignan grapes are put entirely into vats and vinified separately by carbonic maceration. The Grenache are destemmed and vinified with traditional maceration closely controlling the temperatures. After draining vats and the malolactic fermentation of the wine, the different grape varieties are blended and the wine is put into oak barrels for a 12 months ageing. They select the best barrel makers in order to adapt the choice of origins of wood and their types of heating with the potential of each vintage.
The wines are neither fined nor filtered before bottling, and the bottles are then stored for 12 months before being marketed.
Aging: oak barrels 12 months.