2022 Domaine Sérol "Éclat de Granite", Côte Roannaise, Loire Valley, France
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ABOUT THIS WINE
100% Gamay St. Romain from vines planted from the mid 1930s to the mid-2000s. Mix of elevations and exposures, with soil of granite rocks and fine granite gravel. Partial whole-cluster (about 40%), ambient yeast fermentation in cement tanks (lasts 15-18 days). Aged for 6-10 months in cement tank, light filtration. Organic and biodynamic.
A blend of different vineyards, the amount produced and the vineyards it is sourced from vary from year to year. Its identity comes from the granitic soils in each terroir and the older vine ages. More entrenched vine root systems add depth and complexity and the granite soils are the hallmark of Sérol's Terroir.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
The polycultural family property dates back to the 17th century, and was passed from generation to generation. When Stéphane Sérol took over in 1996, the domaine totalled 12 hectares. Very attached to the Côte Roannaise, he cleared new plots on the finest hillsides to replant. With his wife, Carine, they converted the domaine to organic and then to biodynamic viticulture, with the aim of preserving and valorizing the terroirs. The domaine’s core team comprises 8 people. During the vegetative growing period, up to 15 people work in the vineyards. Harvest is carried out by hand.
Because nearly everything is pre-determined in the vineyard, the family has chosen organic and biodynamic farming. The goal is to strengthen the vines and preserve the soils by respecting the natural cycles.This precise farming incorporates only natural products, implemented at the right time. Observation and understanding of terroir is essential.