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Florian André is a talented young winemaker, who has found a property with superb potential. For three years he was an apprentice to Christophe Delorme, owner of Domaine de la Mordoree (Chateauneuf, Lirac, and Tavel). Florian then approached the religious order that owned the Chateau de Manissy, which is above and contiguous to Chateau d’Aqueria in Tavel. Apparently many had tried and been turned down by the Brothers. In this case, however, they were impressed by Florian’s resume and plans. The vintage 2004 was his first vintage and he succeeded magnificently. I visited him in late March, and together we have put together the "Cuvée des Lys", which RVF found to be an exceptional wine. It is a blend of Grenache 60% Clairette 30% Syrah 10%, vibrant color, aromas, and flavor. On the attack, it explodes with a cascade of fruit, and then on the finish the Clairette brings a lovely balancing and extending minerality. Florian has converted the Domaine to Organic viticulture and starting with the 2016 vintage, the estate will be certified Biodynamic. The soil of this beautiful and rugged terroir is a combination of round river rock, loze, sand and (blue) clay spread on former seabed slopes.
GEOGRAPHY: Rhône Valley
VARIETALS: 50% Cinsault, 25% Syrah, 25% Grenache
VINIFICATION: Entirely hand-harvested organic grapes that have a cold maceration before being pressed. Low temperature fermentation with indigenous yeasts, which allow the yeast to develop its fruit flavors. Aged in stainless steel tank.
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