2021 Julien Cecillon 'La Savane' Gamay IGP Collines Rhodaniennes, France
‘La Savane’ comes from a 2-hectare parcel planted in 1978 in Ardoix, a rugged landscape deep in the hills of the Ardèche. The soils in this parcel are decomposed granite and sand; altitude is at 400m. Fermentation is 70% destemmed, 30% whole-cluster in stainless steel; élevage is then split between steel and larger 5-7 year-old barrels. ‘La Savane’ is a darker, deeper, Rhône-styled Gamay.