From a co-planted vineyard of Grenache Blanc, Gris and Noir (roughly 25%, 45%, 30%); very old, massive vines on schist with a little bit of sand and clay, limestone underneath. This is the only part of the estate, and indeed the only part of the village, where there is a mix of soil.
Winemaker: "This is the story of our life – to rebuild the Clos des Escounils. We are working very hard on this place. The soils are starting to be ready to greet the [new] vines. First, we plant the rootstock and give it two or three years to adapt, then we hand-graft with massale selection. It takes longer – double the time. We don’t plant the vines for ourselves. We plant for future generations. Our history is not the history of a person, it is the history of a family. This gives sense to me. For me, it is a good job."
Terroir: Schist with a little bit of sand and clay, limestone underneath.
Ages of the vines: 95 to 100 years old
Vinification: Grapes are hand-harvested // natural fermentation (indigenous yeast) // gentle pressing // fermentation in Foudre // aged in old oak barrels for 18 months // no fining // no filtration // no acidification // no chaptalisation.
- France, Roussillon
- Domaine Danjou-Banessy
- Ready to Drink And Will Improve