Tasting 2016 in ’between-land’-Colline des Rhodaniennes

Tasting 2016 in ’between-land’ – Colline des Rhodaniennes

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Anne and Pierré-André Déplaude at their Domaine in the small village of Tartaras, just west of Lyon.
This appellation had before phylloxera 20 000 hectares planted but today there is only 20 hectares in total.
Because of economic reasons it was not replanted. The farmers focused on growing other stuff and many people in this area are dairy farmers.

In the late 90’s Anne and Pierré-André decided to change their focus from cows to wine.
Today they have 5,7 hectares planted and work with the indiginous grapes that was originally here.
They make a lot of reserach and keep finding more and more varieties I’ve never heard about before.

For example I got to try their 1 small fiberglass-egg with Morvien Noir, which they planted half a hectar of only 3 years ago.
It was floral, light and dreamy-more of that in the future!

Other varieties they work with is for whites are
Ravat, Jaquerre, Viogner, Chardonnay, Chasselas, Roussanne, Clariette and Choucillon.
For the reds for reds they work with Pinot Noir, Syrah, Gamay, and now also Morvien Noir.

2016 for them was good, they where not affected of the shitty weather that more or less hit all regions in France in one way or another.
Like all other 2016 I’ve tried so far the wines taste great.

More elegant than 2015, with fine aromas, pure, open fruitiness, nice deph and good acidity.
Looking forward to drink these wines after summer when they arrive!