Alba-la-Romaine, Ardeche. 

Andrea, who is from the Czech Republic, explored France in the 1980’s for a brief period before finally settling and finding wine. His vineyards are located just outside of the town of Valvigneres in the Ardeche. All of the work in the vineyards is done organically and all the fruit is hand harvested.

The wines are naturally fermented and undergo some carbonic mas- ceration. No additions are made at any point and the wines are bottled without sulphur. These wines are wonderful expressions of the wildness of Ardeche. 

 

Wines

Babiole 2012 – 60% Grenache 40% Syrah planted on Calcareous clay, 19 days carbonic masceration. Natural ferment aged in tank. More serious with silky tannin.

Chatons de Garde 2012 – 100% 25 – 50 year old Syrah planted on Calcareous clay, 21 days carbonic maceration. Natural ferment aged in Bourgogne Vat. Rich & Structured.

Penultieme 2013 – Merlot and Syrah grown on Calcareous Clay, long maceration. Natural ferment aged in old barrels. Powerful and age worthy.

Blanc 2013 – 70% Viognier 30% Chardonnay planted on Calcareous Clay pressed using vaslin press. Natural Ferment aged in 2 year old barrels. Floral, broad & elegant.