Colline de l’Hirondelle Cocolico Rouge 2017
VARIETIES: 45% Chenançon, 35% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre
VINEYARDS: Clay/Limestone/sandy loam terraces in the northern foothills of the Alaric Mountains (Corbières)
VINEYARD SITES: Chenançon from ‘Les Ponts’ – Clay/Sandy Loam. Grenache from ‘Coudoulet’ (35 yrs old) – plateau of pebbles on sandy soil. Syrah from ‘La Bade’ (30 yrs old) – Sandy loam and clay.
WINEMAKING: All varieties fermented separately. Aging in vat. No oak.
We chose to farm our vineyards organically because it allows us to produce quality grapes while working in harmony with our convictions about protecting the natural environment.
It’s also the only kind of farming we’ve ever done. Our approach to growing grapes and making wine is hands-on and small-scale which favors manual work in the vineyards, the use of natural products, and common sense. Since we started converting the vineyards to organic farming we have seen birds and insects return and the soils slowly come back to life. We can also harvest delicious wild arugula and other lettuces in the vineyards, which in itself is reason enough for me to go organic.