Characteristics: The cuvee is a vineyard plot selection. Grapes come exclusively from the plot known as “Sainte-Epine”, a south-facing slope hillside on the commune of Saint-Jean de Muzols, in the heart of the Saint-Joseph appellation. Only made in the very best years, its production is deliberately limited to 4,000 bottles (75 cl.) per year. Grape variety : 100% Syrah
Wine Making: The “Sainte-Epine” grapes are harvested by hand, at optimum ripeness. Fermentation takes place in traditional, open-topped concrete tanks, after 3 days pre-fermentary skin contact at cool temperatures. Maceration continues 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, with a total maceration period of up to 20 days.
Maturing: The wine is aged for 14 to 16 months, half in new barrels, the other half in one year old barrels. Barrels are topped up regularly.
Tasting notes: The wine has a deep ruby colour with purple tinges. Its nose shows aromas of blackberries and spices, lifted by some mineral and gently wooded notes. Well concentrated, this wine has pure flavours that come to the palate in successive layers of varying aromas, all of equal intensity.
Food and wine pairing: Games, marinated beef in sauce, grills, green peppers. It goes well with all types of cheese.