17,04,14   6:47 pm

Glou Glou from the South: La Roche Buissiere

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Located northeast of Vaison-La-Romaine in the southern Cotes du Rhone, Antoine and Lawrence Joly work 18 hectare of organic vineyards making some of our favorite wines in the region. They maintain a freshness and lightness in their wines via very intense vineyard work that allows them to harvest earlier than several other producers in their area resulting in less concentrated and lower alcohol wines.
 
Antoine’s family has run the estate since the early 1970’s (his grandfather was a beekeeper in the area and his father Pierre returned to live a more simple lift after his involvement in the Parisian student riots of 1968) Pierre was a pioneer of organic viticulture in the Rhone and the vineyards have been certified since the 1980, although he sold most of the grapes to the local co-op.  Antoine and Lawrence took over  in 1999 and since 2003 have vinified 100% of the harvest themselves. 
 
All of the cuvees with the exception of Petit Jeanne and Gaia are 100% de-stemmed, fermented for 15 days and then spend 6-8 months in concrete. Petit Jeanne is 90% de-stemmed and fermented for 6 days and then bottled in November, while Gaia is 80% de-stemmed, ferments for 20 days and spends 15 months in concrete. Yields are between 20-25 hl/ha
 
Production is 60,000 bottles
 
Petit Jo Rouge 2013 (Grenache, Syrah)
Premices 2012 (100% Grenache) No So2
Petite Jeanne 2013 (Grenache, Syrah) No So2
Flon Flon 2012 (Syrah, Grenache)
Gaia 2011 (Syrah)