This vineyard of 20 ha is farmed by brothers Éric and Joël Durand. Their grapes are from three pacrels within the Cote du Rhône: Saint-Joseph, Cornas and Saint-Péray supplying Syrah, Marsanne and Roussanne; with a small addition parcel of land in IGP Collines Rhodaniennes supplying the Voignier grape.
The various grapes are planted on granite-heavy hillside soils on the right hand side of the Rhone and on a few limestone foothills. The brothers believe in sustainable culture as well as manual work. Allowing the grapes to reach optimal maturity allows a perfect expression of the domain's terroirs and the production of rich wines respecting traditional Rhône wine-making values. Through oak ageing the expression of each terroir is revealed, bringing the wiles delicacy, smoothness, elegance and richness.
Family estate with an area of 20 hectares led by two brothers Eric and Joel Durand. It is located in the municipalities of Chateaubourg and Glun, South of the appellation Saint-Joseph and Cornas.
Traditional vineyard planted on granitic slopes. These grapes come from a small 1 hectare vineyard of chalk, white clay and stone covered soils.
The grapes are harvested by hand. 70% fermented in stainless steel vats 30% in oak barrels.
Full shiny yellow robe. The bouquet has a compote or stewed fruits aroma, notes of barley sugar and cooked lemon. There are also hints of the Rousanne elegance. On the palate are white fruits with a touch of tannin. It is harmonious, smoothly textured and very elegant.
Plot selection from different zones of the Cornas. Granite soils.
Manual harvest. Cold maceration before fermentation and hot maceration for 28 days at 28°C. 12 months barrel ageing using 30% new oak.
Highly concentrated nose of black fruits and spices. Very powerful and complex mouth with really tight but soft tannins. Very mineral.
Plot selection from different areas of the Cornas areas. Granite soils.
Manual harvest, cold maceration. Daily punching of the cap. 21-to-28 day vatting. 12 months barrel aged approximately 20% new oak each year.
Highly concentrated nose of black fruits and spices. Very powerful mouth with really tight tannins. Very string and generous but also great delicacy. Ageing potential 10-15 years.
Plot selection from various vines producing soft refined wines with elegant tannins. Granite soils.
Manual harvest and cold maceration, daily punching of the cap. 15-21 day vatting, followed by 12 months in oak barrels of which 20% new oak each year.
A deep red colour. Concentrated nose of stone fruits and spices. The mouth is full with soft but tight tannins. The wine is very generous and long-lasting with a fresh finish. Ageing potential 6-10 years from the vintage year.
The vineyard is located in the South of the Saint Joseph appellation. The vines are planted on steep hills with South, South-East exposure. Granite soils. Average age of the vines 15 to 25 years.
The grapes are harvested by hand. Cold maceration. Daily punching of the cap. 15 to 21 day vatting and aged 12 months in casks.
Deep red colour. Ripe nose of red spicy fruit. A full and fleshy mouth. Nice concentration with well-rounded tannins.
Anthony Byrne Fine Wines Ltd. Registered in England and Wales with company number 01713692.