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Je Deteste Merlot

Grapes are harvested off 8 sustainably farmed hectares located in the villages of Roquemaure and Saint Genies de Colomas, with close proximity to the Rhone river, leading to a fresher fruit style and softer tannin structure. All cuvees are made with sever plot selection and low yields at 50hl/ha. Crushed and fermented in concrete tanks with regular pumpovers, twice daily at the peak of fermentation, to extract color, flavor and tannin. After 3 weeks on skins, drained and pressed off. Blended before MLF. Matured for 8 months in concrete tanks.

Les Vignerons des Roquemaure, or Rocca Maura, is a small, local cooperative of 50 growers, established in 1922. This coop is defined by its history, character, intimate size and commitment to organic and sustainable practices in the vineyard. A cooperative structure allows for access to top quality, micro-growers that would never have the ability to scale themselves to a sustainable level independently. Working cooperatively, they are able to focus on their strengths in the vineyard and collaborate with a winemaker that shares their production philosophy and sensibility. The end result is market access to top quality producers that would not otherwise have a route to market at reasonable prices.

Winemaker: Armelle Dieval
Country: France
Region: IGP Gard
Type: Red
Variety: Merlot
Farming: Sustainable
Age of Vines: Planted 1980–95
Production: 10,000 bottles
Soil: Clay and limestone