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Vacqueyras AC 2014, Doucinello
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  • 111. Vacqueyras AC 2014, Doucinello

    Domaine le Sang des Cailloux

    70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 7% Mourvèdre, 3% Cinsault (13.5% alc.)

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    Similar to the Alary bothers at Oratoire St Martin, Serge Ferigoule is convinced that working bio-dynamically since 2008 has helped to bring a better balance and more freshness to his wine. Destalked 100% and aged in old foudres, the 2014 here is very successful, with a black cherry fruit, black olives, liquorice, cinnamon, good structure and fine tannins. For drinking now to 2020.

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Winemaker
Serge Ferigoule
Location
Sarrians
Size of domaine
18 hectares
Grape
70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 7% Mourvedre and 3% Cinsault up to 35-40 years average. Rootsocks: Monticole, R110, R140 Plant density - 3,200 p/h for Vieilles Vignes (gobelet), 4,000 p/h for 25-30 yr old vines (cordon royat) and 5,500p/h new plantings (gobelet)
Terroir
Argilo calcaire with gravel. Limestone clay, river gravel and pebbles, on the plateau below Gigondas. Lots of stones – v. precocious spot – ripen early. Quite flat terrain up to 100metres elevation tilting south.
Viticulture
Organic viticulture. Bio-dynamic treatments since start 2006. De-buds, green harvests (when needed) 25 to 30 hl/ha yield. The soil is ploughed between rows of vines in the spring and no herbicides are used. Natural grasses grown in 1 out of 4 rows. Sulphur for oidium. Harvested manually. Trie a la vigne.
Vinification
100% destalked and no crushing or prefermentive maceration. Natural yeast. Vinified in unlined cement. One remontage per day from days 2-20, one pigeage per day for certain cuves. Alcoholic fermentation for 8-12 days and cuvaison 12-25 days. Around 30°C with a max temp of 33°C. Pneumatic press – blend back the vin de presse. No racking. Aged in large old foudres for a year. Bottled without fining or filtration in March/April. Production- 50-60,000 bottles per year. Registered organic from the 2007 vintage.
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