Les Vignerons Ardéchois 'Grand Aven' Rouge, Côtes du Vivarais 2019


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A smooth, opulent blend with delicate hints of cinnamon, cocoa and spice complemented by candied red fruits. Polished tannins lend great structure and lovely purity of fruit through to a silky finish.

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The region is influenced by the warm Mediterranean climate, however the altitude of 400 metres above sea level tempers the heat, bringing cool nights which imparts natural acidity to the grapes. The Mistral winds breeze through the vineyards helping to keep the vines healthy. These conditions are favourable for sustainable viticultural practices, which respect the environment and biodiversity. Treatments are conventional, but minimal and mostly copper. The remarkable variation in terroirs enables the varieties to thrive in a particular soil type, with Syrah and Grenache flourishing in soils distinguished by the round pebbles in plots bordering the Rhône River and on the karst limestone of the Plateau des Gras, which forms the AOC Côtes du Vivarais. The AOC specifies how the vines are cultivated; the Guyot pruning method is forbidden, instead Cordon de Royat is preferred, along with foliage wires. Old Grenache vines are pruned into Gobelet bush vines. The vines are planted at a density of 4,000 vines per hectare and the grapes are hand-harvested at dawn to preserve the freshness.

The bunches were fully destemmed and gently crushed to break the skins. Fermentation took place with selected yeasts and lasted for one week in a coated cement tank at 27°C with two daily stirrings. This was followed by three weeks’ maceration without stirring to extract colour, flavour and fine tannins. 70% of the blend was aged in cement tank to retain the pure fruit flavours, while 30% was matured for 12 months in a combination of oak barrels: 1/3 in two-year old barrels; 1/3 in one-year old barrels and 1/3 in new French oak.

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Vintage 2019
Alcoholic strength 14.5%
Country France
Region Rhône
Subregion Côtes du Vivarais
Grapes Grenache Noir 60%, Syrah 40%
Body B
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic No
Biodynamic No
Closure Cork
Les Vignerons Ardéchois

Since 1967, Vignerons Ardéchois has pioneered terroir-driven winemaking in the Ardéche region. Representing 14 wineries, the vineyard area covers 6,000 hectares over a diverse range of terroirs, from the sandstone of the Cevennes foothills to the pebbly soils of the Rhône Valley. The winegrower families work the vineyards with passion, respect for nature and for humanity, striving for the perfect balance between the hand of man and the expression of soil. The wine takes its name after the Aven d’Orgnac, a natural cave discovered in 1935, which is a masterpiece of nature, both in size and the diversity of its geological formations.

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