Torrette Superiore DOC
70% Petit Rouge/30% Fumin. Both the Torrette and Torrette Superiore DOC's call for 70% Petit Rouge and allows for a range of other local reds to make up the rest (in the "regular" Torrette, more grapes make up the 30%, whereas in the Superiore, it is mainly Fumin). For their Superiore, Noussan sources from their vines in the village of Saint-Pierre at about 600 meters with southern exposition, a slightly warmer site than for the straight DOC wine where the altitude gets up to 780m; a slightly higher degree of ripeness/potential alcohol is mandated by the appellation. The vineyard is farmed organically and worked and harvested by hand. The fruit is destemmed, pressed gently with a hand press and fermented with natural yeasts in steel tank. The wine then spends 13 months in a 1500-liter oak botte (vs. tank-only for the regular Torrette) before being bottled unfiltered and aged for 3 more months before release.