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This wine is made from a parcel acquired in 2006 on the Ardeche hillsides of Saras. Twelve years old and situated at an altitude of around 300 meters, the vineyard is planted on a fine sand of decomposed granite, bringing about fresh characteristics.
A collaboration inspired by history, Les Vins de Vienne is a partnership of Yves Cuilleron, Francois Villard and Pierre Gaillard, three superstar, Syrah-specialist vignerons in Rhone. “A lot of people credit them with the resurgence of Northern Rhone wines in the 1980′s.”
Beginning at Rhone’s northern most point in 1996, this trio purchased and rejuvenated the old terroir of the vineyard of Seyssuel, located on the left bank of the Rhone, just 25km from Lyon, north of Côte-Rôtie. It was Gaillard’s readings of historic writers that led him to Seyssuel, home to famed wines during the Roman era, the Middle Ages, and the 19th century. Purchasing his first vineyard in Malleval in 1981, in addition to Les Vins de Vienne, Pierre now manages 77ha of his own vineyards through the estates that he created at Malleval, Madeloc and Cottebrune.
North of the city of Montelimar, situated along the densely forested slopes of the Rhone River, is the French heartland of the noble variety, Syrah. Grown on the granite soil of this broad valley, the Syrah here is crafted into some of France's finest, most alluring red wine. While planted in small quantities, the white varietals of the region are used to craft deep, opulent wines.