Grower: Jean-Luc and Marie-Lise Dorthe
Grape Varieties: Marselan is a new grape variety from France, the result of a 1961 hybrid between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache (only 1200 cases made).
Village: Saint Marcel d’Ardeche, 45 miles northwest of Avignon. The area rich with ancient ruins, including vestiges of Roman settlements. The Roman coin on the label is one of many found in the vineyard.
Soil: Grown on .72 acres terraced, at 190 meters, large granite stones covering limestone. Only 1,000 cases made per vintage.
Vinification: Three passes in the vineyard, for hand selection for the healthiest grapes. Marselan is de-stemmed entirely, an additional hand selection in the cellar to ferment only mature and healthy grapes. Fermentation at 55 °F for duration of 14 days, in concrete to transmit the essence of the grape and soil.
“The Couron Marselan offers up quality aromas and flavors of black currants, wild herbs, loamy earth, tobacco leaf and background meatiness to go with a medium-bodied, nicely balanced profile on the palate. It is quite good and well worth the price of admission. Enjoy it through 2017"
IGP Ardèche - Red Wine - 750ml