Héloïse, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse — 2015
Héloïse d’Argenteuil, brilliant disciple-turned-lover of Pierre Abélard, fearless and forward-thinking. Showcasing the elegance and restraint of cooler-climate Syrah, with some fleshy Grenache and a touch of Roussanne to add floral aromatics.
- Viticulture: No synthetic treatments, to ensure health of vines and soil
- Vine Age: Syrah - 50 years old; Grenache - over 60 years old
- Soil: Clay and limestone, very stony
- Exposure: Syrah: Southwest facing; 540 meters (1,771 feet) Grenache: Northwest facing; 530 meters (1,739 feet)
- Training: Double cordon de Royat, 6 shoots per cordon
The 2015 harvest was ripe and we started picking around a earlier than usual, on September 21st. The vineyard’s altitude is approximately 550m/1800ft which causes extreme temperature differences between day and night. As a result, the grapes ripen more slowly and our harvest takes place up to a month later than in the valleys below. Despite potential damage from hail at Flower set, the grapes recovered beautifully and ended the season extremely healthy, with no signs of disease, coulure, or black rot, which has been a big concern for some others in the region.
- Fermentation: In wooden tanks, with skin maceration for 5 weeks; 100% malolactic
- Barrel Aging: 18 months
- Filtration: Unfiltered
- Fining: No fining
- Alcohol: 14%
Appearance: Deep, brilliant crimson color
Nose: Rich and intense with fruit notes and hints of spice
Palate: Fleshy and full-bodied with ripe black fruits, liquorice and silky tannins
- Serving Suggestions: A generous and intense blend with strong aging potential, ideally suited to game birds, poultry, lamb and roasted vegetables. Decant for at least an hour and serve at room temperature.
Héloïse, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse — 2015 – Wine Spectator – 93 Points
“A beautiful red, with a true terroir imprint. Shows salty black licorice and tapenade that infuse a base of rich cherry ganache, pepper and anise. Round and rich, this still has a lot of structure and impressive depth, with cashmere tannins softened by time.”