Very old grenache vines. Full clusters..
Limestony sand from the Miocène times at the Lieu-dit «Hominis Fides».
Aged for twelve months:30% in new oak40% in one year old barrels-30% in two years old barrels.
Ten millions years ago, a massive bit of the mediterranean sea had invaded the Rhone valley up to Lyon,
all around the alps. The Ventoux and the Luberon mountains were islands… In these times, gigantic
quantities of sand settled down in the area : under the town of Carpentras it can be found on 700 meters
deep. This is very thick.
This sand is an exceptional soil to cultivate grenache, despite a low level of organic materials. But the vine
is genetically a creeper and doesnt need much to survive : the humans should think about that. This soil
doesnt feel much of the vintage variations : we saw that in 2008. Very dry on the surface, the sand is a
great water storage : it marvellously regulates the needs of the vine. Hominis Fides 2011 looks like the
previous vintages : it is complex, deep and refined. With its fine texture and its strength, it proposes a very
specific wine profile. One more time I can only advise to keep these bottles for several years. Then you will
be able to « read » the wine with more pleasure and freedom.
Blueberry, liquorish, almonds, musc. Bottled without filtration.