Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier is a collaboration between legendary French wine grower, Michel Chapoutier and wine industry icon, Anthony Terlato. The single vineyard L-Block is from a tiny ‘L’ shaped plot that survived the 13 year drought without irrigation. South facing and at an altitude of 400m, this is a low yielding and cool block. The wine is powerful and intense but with delicate, fine tannins.
The 2014 growing season was impacted by frost around bud-burst resulting in low yields, then a long growing season allowed the wines to develop fragrance and balance.
The soil is composed of schists, lauze rocks made of limestone and quartz.
Harvest is performed at maturity, usually 2 weeks later than neighbouring plots, avoiding over-maturation.
100% destemmed grapes are fermented in concrete tanks. Maceration lasts from 4 to 6 weeks. A gentle extraction by pumping-over and a long maceration on skins ensure elegant and fine tannins.
100% of the wine is aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.
Colour: intense and deep ruby colour with hints of violet.
Nose: black fruits, violet and liquorice.
Palate: fresh with a velvety middle palate. Spices, slightly acid wild strawberries.