Characteristics: This cuvée is a blend of various grapes from the Saint-Joseph area between Mauves and Chavanay. Average production: 65,000 bottles (75 cl.) per year. Grape variety : 100% Syrah.
Wine Making: The grapes are picked by hand, at optimum ripeness. They are then entirely destemmed. Fermentation takes place at controlled temperatures of 28°C to 32°C (82 to 90 F) in open concrete tanks. After devatting and pressing, malolactic fermentation is carried out in tanks.
Maturing: Part of the wine is aged in barrels, which brings a touch of oak to the final blend. The rest stays in tanks to preserve the full fruit aromas. These wines are racked regularly to help them to stabilise naturally. “Les Challeys” is then bottled, after blending of the different Cuvée “batches”.
Tasting notes: A ruby red colour. A seductively fruity nose (raspberries, strawberries and blackcurrants), with a delicate hint of wood. On the palate this wine has good volume, and shows grippy tannins that are the true reflection of its genuine terroir.
Food and wine pairing: Marinated or grilled beef, stews, mixed grills, game, any kind of cheese.