Grower: Jean-Luc and Marie Lise Dorthe
Village: Saint Marcel d’Ardeche, 45 miles northwest of Avignon.
The area is rich with ancient ruins, including the
vestiges of a roman outpost.
Soil: A plateau of drift boulders of limestone, for the first 2 meters over granite.
Quantity: Merely 680 cases for the US.
Vines: 38 years of age.
Grape Varieties: 100% Viognier
Vinification: 15 day fermentation at 45˚F, entirely with maceration pelliculaire (long skin contact). De-stemmed bunches are pressed lightly with a partial malolactic fermentation. Integrated farming, with hand harvesting, organic herbicides use, no pesticides and the utilization of sustainable agriculture which respects the environment established by the Forum de l'Agriculture Raisonnée Respecteuse l'Environnement.