Christophe Terrigeol

La Tour de Gatigne, Sans Sulfites, Syrah 2022

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Syrah only with naturally occurring sulfites. A gorgeous robe made of garnet color with subtle purple reflection. Scents of fresh dark berries and plums, uncovering violet and white flowers as aeration occurs. The palate develops lush and fleshy fresh fruits, almost like a ripened dark fruits salad with fresh herbs (mint). The Viognier bring a touch of cream and exotic aromatics to make it even more quaffable! A lighter Syrah, not aged in oak barrel. A unique experience, perfect for a warm day on your patio, or a picnic. Currently only sold by in the USA. 

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25 years old
Spur pruning "Cordon" done by hand for better aeration and sun exposition, vines trellised vertically on 4 wires, topping 3 to 4 times to prevent plant depletion, mechanical plowing and weeding (no synthetic product), organic manure, biodiversity by replanting trees and plants to complement and reenforce natural defenses (uses of four leaves clover), organic farming techniques. Mechanical harvest.
The grapes are destemmed and crushed. The maceration and beginning of alcoholic fermentation take place in a concrete tank to extract color and aromas from the solid parts (skin, flesh, seeds). This part of the process is done with low temperature over 4 days. Once the alcoholic fermentation is fully done, and no residual sugar is left, it is time for settling, and removing the must (solid part). This must is then pressed again to extract more aromatic, tannins, and pigments that are mixed back into the wine. All steps require Azote gas to prevent contamination and utilizing Sulfite. Vegan, only natural occurring sulfites are in this wine.
Syrah 80% Viognier 20%
1,000 cases
The humid 2022 winter allowed the soil to replenish partially its reserve, but enough to face the long-lasting drought and multiple heat waves of the summer. Everything seems fine in Spring, when the dry and warm weather setups the perfect conditions to prevent naturally any diseases. The challenge came later, when the multiple heat waves of July and August, cumulating to the drought, prevented the grapes from fully ripe. The vine defends itself by keeping the nutrients to itself, stopping the maturation of the berries. It ended up being a very technical vintage as each individual parcel and plot needed different cares and paces. Tour de Gatigne farming skills shone brightly this year: they made 2022 an exceptional vintage!
IGP Cevennes, Languedoc, France
Clay and limestone

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