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2018 Domaine Houillon Vieilles Vignes Grenache

Rhone Valley, France

From an innovator on the new frontiers of Rhône, this old vine Grenache is a beauty. Generously spiced dark fruit, rustic charm and power.

$82.00

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About the Wine

This old vine, 100% Grenache bottling is a reminder that the Houillon estate is not far from the exceptional Rhône villages of Rasteau and Cairanne.

Sourced from biodynamically tended 70-year-old vines, there’s density, structure and power behind this wine. The sheer quality of the fruit being farmed ensures Houillon’s long, gentle steeping of the skins, extracts a fine balance of flavour and tannin.

With its heady dark spices and some lovely rustic charm, give this time and good company to let it show all its generous profile.

About Domaine Houillon

The Houillon name is well known in the Jura where sibling trio Emmanuel, Adeline and Aurelien all learnt with the legendary master Pierre Overnoy.

After spending time in Switzerland gaining further experience in biodynamic farming, younger brother Aurelien and wife Charlotte hitched their cart west, settling in the southern Rhône foothills in the shadow of the famous Mont Ventoux.

Commencing in 2016, they’ve been faithfully restoring a beautiful old 9 hectare property, with just 4.5 hectares planted to vines. Working with old vine Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, they’re certified organic and farm according to biodynamic practices. All the wines are unfiltered and bottled by gravity without addition of sulphur.

Given the relative altitude of their minuscule estate, committed farming and sensitive handling in the cellar, the Houillons are producing some exciting, balanced and fragrant expressions, previously unseen in this part of the Southern Rhône.

Charlotte and Aurelien Houillon
Charlotte and Aurelien Houillon
Rhone, France
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From the Producer

This old vine bottling is sourced from 70 year old Grenache. Planted on light, sandy clay and limestone soils, yields are kept low at 17 hl/ha, giving real concentration to the fruit.

Fruit is destemmed and kept on skins for 14 weeks in sealed stainless steel tanks. Ageing takes place on the fine lees in older oak for 11 months.

Bottled without fining, filtration or the addition of sulphur.

Blend : Grenache (100%)
Bottle Size : 750ml

In the foothills of Mont Ventoux
In the foothills of Mont Ventoux
Rhone, France
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