Cuvée des Galets, Côtes Du Rhône
Origin: Cotes du Rhone, Rhône, France
Blend*: grenache (50%), syrah (25%), carignan (25%)
Producer's Notes: Organically farmed vines planted on Alluvial marls and clay with ‘galets’ (rounded pebbles typical of the area), with South facing exposure. Fruit for this cuve comes from multiple co-op members.
Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues is a co-operative cellar in the small town of Estézargues, very close to Avignon and the Pont du Gard in the southern Rhone valley.
Producing wine since 1965, they now take a fundamentally different approach; starting in 1995 the ten different growers in this co-op began to vinify their wine separately and make single cuvees from their best plots. On the heels of the single cuvée evolution Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues began to also practice natural winemaking. Possibly one of the only co-ops in the world to do so, Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues uses no external yeasts, no filtering, no fining and no enzymes are employed during the winemaking process. All of the fruit for these wines is organic, the majority of it certified as such. Today Denis Deschamps oversees the whole project.