Characteristics: This Cuvée is the result of a blend of grapes from the “terroirs” of Vion, Saint Jean de Muzols, Mauves and Tournon. Average production: 20,000 bottles (75 cl.) per year. Grape Variety : 100% Syrah.
Wine Making: The grapes for the cuvée “François de Tournon” are picked by hand, row by row, at optimum ripeness. The fermentation is traditionally in open topped concrete tanks, and is preceded by 2 days cold maceration. It is conducted at controlled temperatures of 82°F to 86°F (28°C to 30°C). Daily cap pushing down and pumping over are carried out for about 10 days. The total vatting time can last up to 20 days.
Maturing: The wine is matured for between 10 to 14 months in 1 to 3 year old oak barrels. Part of the cuvée is aged in vats to preserve the freshness of the fruit.
Tasting notes: The colour is a deep, dark ruby red The nose is clearly marked by delicate aromas of cassis and spices. On the palate, the “François de Tournon” cuvée shows a smooth and voluptuous texture hidding a good but fine and silky tannic structure, that gives the wine great potential for ageing.
Food and wine pairing: Fine meats, spicy stews, grills, game, any kind of cheese.