Vin de France "Liberty"

2017

2015 was the first vintage of this new project that Julien made with his friend Yannick Alliaud. They found a very old-vine parcel located at 125 meters above sea-level in Chateauneuf-de-Gadagne, just east of Avignon. The soils are very similar to La Crau in Châteauneuf-du-Pape with layers of sand, clay, and the famous galets stones found in Châteauneuf. The Grenache vines were planted in the 1930's (about 55% of the blend) and the Mourvedre (15% of the blend) and Cinsault were planted just after WWII. The vines are goblet-trained, which protects the fruit from the sun.  

A strict sorting ensured the best fruit from this already low-yielding parcel. The wine was made in the old gravity-fed cellar built in 1930, with cement tanks built into the floor.  The wine spent four weeks on the skins with ripe whole clusters and then aged in old foudres and some new demi-muids for 18 months. Bottled without fining or filtration. 

92 points
"Bottled in May, the 2017 Liberty Vin de France is a stellar effort, coming close in quality to the estate's Châteauneuf du Pape. It's a blend of declassified Châteauneuf fruit with old-vine material from the village of Gadagne, in the Côtes du Rhône. Dark berry and cherry flavors pick up hints of dried spices in this full-bodied, velvety-textured wine. It lacks the elegance of the CdP wines, but it delivers plenty of flavor and pleasure."
Joe Czerwinski,
Wine Advocate
, August 2019

SKU/Code: 
DB8550-17
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Grenache