Tartaras

Les Déplaude de Tartaras, Collines Rhodaniennes

Anne and Pierre-André Déplaude used to be dairy farmers in this little village located just south of Lyon. Sandwiched between northern Rhône and southern Beaujolais. This very un-famous appellation was planted with over 20 000 hectares before the phylloxera. After that there were not many people that re-planted, today the total surface of vineyards is just 20 hectares.

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In 2003 Anne and Pierre-André were through with the milk industry and started to plant their land with vines. Today they have 5,7 hectares of their own and 2 hectares rented, on the steep schist slopes in the village of Tartaras.

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They planted the land with the 10 different grapes that used to be grown here before phylloxera (5 of them are almost unheard of) and which are also allowed within this area.
They made their first vintage in 2004 and has since 2007 been working 100% organically and since 2009 also biodynamically. They normally sell their annual production of around 19 000 bottles locally to private customers and on wine shows so we are really happy to be their second export customer.

These wines are really something we’ve never tried before.
The reds are elegant, fruit driven and mineral with very fine tannic structure. The whites are fruity, fresh with a nice bitterness.

2020 Poussiere l’Etoile

Soil: Mica schist with gravel and limestone
Grape: 80% Chardonnay 20% Viogner
Appellation: IGP Collines Rhodaniennes
Age of Vines: planted 1996 & 2007
Yields: 40 hl/h
Vinification: Direct press, then fermented and aged 10 months in old barriques before blending and bottling in July 2021.


2019 L’Écume des Jours

Soil: Mica schist with gravel
Grape: 50% Viognier 50% Marsanne
Appellation: IGP Collines Rhodaniennes
Age of Vines: Planted in 2007
Yields: 40 hl/h

Vinification: Direct press, then fermented and aged for 8 months in old demi muid before blending and bottling.


2016 Les Yeux Fermés

Soil: Mica schist with gravel
Grape: 50% Roussanne 50% Jaquère
Appellation: IGP Collines Rhodaniennes
Age of Vines: Planted in 2006
Yields: 40 hl/h

Vinification: Direct press, then fermented and aged for 6 months in concrete tank before bottling. 1000 bottles produced,  we had to fight down an American importer to get 120 bottles.
The name means: Closed eyes


2015/2016 Le Monde à l’Envers

Soil: Mica schist with gravel.
Grape: 1/3 Ravat, 1/3 Clairette, 1/3 Viognier
Appellation: IGP Collines Rhodaniennes
Age of Vines: Planted in 2005
Yields: 40 hl/h

Vinification: Direct press, then fermented and aged for 8 months in old barriques before blending and bottling.
The name means: The world is upside down.


2016 Corde Sensible

Soil: Mica schist with gravel
Grape: Viognier
Appellation: IGP Collines Rhodaniennes
Age of Vines: Planted in 2006
Yields: 40 hl/h

Vinification: Direct press, then fermented and aged for 8 months in old demi muid and fiberglass tanks before blending and bottling. The name means: Sensible chord.


2015 Ciel d’Orage

Soil: Mica schist with gravel.
Grape: 70% Gamay, 20% Syrah, 10% Pinot Noir
Appellation: IGP Collines Rhodaniennes
Age of Vines: Planted in 1997
Yields: 40 hl/h

Vinification: Partly destemmed, partly whole bunches fermented together. Some semi maceration carbonique also takes place. After around 2 weeks of maceration, pressing and blending follows. Then ageing for 9 months in concrete tanks before bottling.
The name means: Stormy sky


2018 Le Renard & Le Bouc

Soil: Mica schist with gravel and limestone
Grape: Gamay
Appellation: IGP Collines Rhodaniennes
Age of Vines: Planted in 1964
Yields: 40 hl/h

Vinification: Partly destemmed, partly whole bunches fermented together with some semi maceration carbonique taking place. After around 2 weeks maceration, pressing and blending follows. Bottled in July 2018.


2020 Tout Compte Fait

Soil: Mica schist with gravel
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: IGP Collines Rhodaniennes
Age of Vines: Planted in 2009
Yields: 40 hl/h

Vinification: 80% of the grapes are destemmed and fermented together with 20% of whole bunches for 20 days before pressing and continuously ageing for 9 months in old demi-muid before bottling.
The name means: All in all


2020 Le Vent se Lève

Soil: Mica schist with gravel
Grape: Syrah
Appellation: IGP Collines Rhodaniennes
Age of Vines: Planted in 2009
Yields: 40 hl/h

Vinification: Partly destemmed, partly whole bunches fermented together for 2,5 weeks before pressing and blending. Then aged for 10 months in old demi-muid and barrique before blending and bottling.
The name means: Sales are rising. 1300 bottles made.


2019 La Chanse

Soil: Mica schist with gravel
Grape: Syrah
Appellation: IGP Collines Rhodaniennes
Age of Vines: Planted in 2009
Yields: 40 hl/h

Vinification: 90% de-stemmed, 10% whole bunches ferments together for 20 days before pressing. Then aged for 11 months in old demi-muid and barrique before blending and bottling.


2020 Mine de Rien

Soil: Mica schist with gravel
Grape: Mornen Noir (local grape, very hard to find, so not strange if you’ve never heard about this before)
Appellation: IGP Collines Rhodaniennes
Age of Vines: Planted in 2008
Yields: 40 hl/h

Vinification: Whole bunch fermentation for 10 days before pressing. Then aged for 10 months in one old barrique and one 500 liter fiber glass tank before bottling.
The name means: Casually.