Vincent Ruiz, a young man of 26, lives in Saint-Romain-de-Lerps in Ardèche. He has been working for a few years in Cornas with Franck Balthazar . After a few micro-vinifications for him and his friends, he produced his first bottles in 2020. The grapes, Grenache Noir, were purchased from a winegrower friend working organically in the south of the Ardèche on sandstone terroirs at nearly 500 meters above sea level.
Vincent is a winemaker with an exacerbated sensitivity, without concession, who already has a very precise and accomplished conception of great wine. His vision is based on grapes at the right maturity, vatted in whole bunches, without punching down to take advantage of intrapellicular fermentation. He carries out a pigeage the day before the press and the latter is carried out in a vertical ratchet press and is done gently, over the length, to extract very gently. The juices are then aged in vats, again without sulfur and without racking when the quality of the lees allows it. The result is a very expressive wine on the aromatic level with a straight, digestible and suave mouth built on fine tannins.
Soil: clay, limestone
Average Age of Vines: 64 years
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 2 week maceration, spontaneous fermentation in neutral oak with indigenous yeasts, carbonic maceration
Aging: in neutral oak
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