Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vieille Vignes 2017 1.5L, Rhone Valley, France

“This is our classic wine. The oldest of the Domain’s wines, it was created during the 1970s to highlight the long-standing family vineyard. Vines for this wine are located in the heart of the appellation, facing those we first replanted. Les Vieilles Vignes is a wine that reflects our history and our winemaking know-how.” The entire domain is cultivated using organic and biodynamic viticulture. “Situated on slopes at an altitude of approximately 200 metres, facing South-South-East, the vines of our classic wine are on average 60 years old. Their roots delve deep down into old, worn granite rock, called gores locally.” Organic certification for the vines and wine from the 2017 vintage and biodynamic methods used. Syrah vines trained and pruned in the Gobelet style and supported by stakes. Hand-picked harvests. Partial destemming with 20 % whole grapes. Fermentation with natural yeasts and maceration for several weeks in stainless steel vats, with cap-punching and pumping-over done twice a day. Maturation in 228-litre barrels for 20 months, with 15 to 20% new barrels. Amount of sulphite reduced: 42 mg/l total SO2 (100 mg/litre authorised in organic winemaking).