Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge "Chat Fou"
45% Grenache/30% Cinsault/25 % Clairette/Viognier/Chasselas/other. From vines planted on a south-facing slope on granite and gneiss soils in the warm St-Julien en St-Alban zone (in the Ardèche on the northern bank of the Ouvèze--to the west of the Rhône River, at the southern edge of the northern Rhône Valley). The fruit is organically farmed and the varieties co-harvested by hand. The bunches are partly de-stemmed, the rest pressed directly, and fermented with native yeasts in concrete tanks with a brief 5-day maceration and no sulfur; no extraction techniques are utitlized. The wine is aged in tank as well on the fine lees for 12-18 months; it is bottled without fining or filtration.
"Chat Fou" is intended as a fresh, light "vin bistro" and to that end Cinsault has been introduced to the blend and the amount of Grenache reduced as of 2019. Not only does the CInsault add to the charm and prettiness of the wine: according ot Eric Texier, it is a much more sustainable, successful variety than Grenache in the face or sky-rocketing temperatures in the Rhône.
From mainly Clairette vines planted on a south-facing slope on granite soils in the warm St-Julien en St-Alban zone (in the Ardèche on the northern bank of the Ouvèze--to the west of the Rhône River, at the southern edge of the northern Rhône Valley). They are organically farmed and harvested by hand. Whole-cluster press with spontaneous fermentation and no sulfur in cement tanks; aged 6-8 months on fine lees before bottling.
Granitic and gneiss slopes on the northern bank of the
Ouvèze valley (Ardèche)
Grenache 45%, Cinsault 30% and white grape varieties
(Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne) up to 15%.
Vinification - Aging
Partial de-stemming. Fermented by indigenous yeasts in
open concrete tanks. No use of sulfur before bottling. Aged
in concrete vats on fine lees for 12 to 18 months. Bottling
without fining or filtration.