The right exposure
The Pic Saint Loup vineyard
The soil can have charm for whoever handles it, feels it, observes it. Here, it is brown, red and yellow… Depending on what you are looking for…
In Saint-Jean-de-Cuculles, the vineyards are nestled in the heart of an Aleppo pine forest.
This forest is fragrant, with thyme and rosemary adding to the bouquet, which puts you in good spirits and makes working sweet.
Both parcels offer an ideal exposure, with one parcel in the plains and one parcel on the hillsides. The former is made of clay and small pebbles and the latter is made of screes and limestone colluvium. The 42-acre vineyard acquired in 2009 was organically farmed from the start. Six people work on it every day year-round. Thus, in a short amount of time, the landscape changed with hedgerows shooting up once again, vine-pruning made easier and a newly planted white wine vineyard. In order to improve the soil structure, mustard, peas and triticale are grown there in the winter and are flattened in the summer to create a protective mulch for a few weeks before plowing.
The Syrah grapes love those three different clays that I affectionately call yellow – as in blond, brown – as in brunette, and red – as in redhead. The brunette offers me small dense grape clusters with hints of black fruits and generous tannins. The blond flatters me with her floral perfume of lilies and irises. Finally, the redhead charms me with deliciously spiced loose clusters: the pinch of pepper that highlights the fruit of both cuvees made from this terroir: Bonne Pioche and Des Clous.