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EARL GRAS EDMOND ET FILS

157 chemin des Hautes Garrigues, 84190 Gigondas
France
Telephone +33 4 90658449
Fax +33 4 90658163

This company is co-exhibitor of
SCAS Chateauneuf du Pape wine-producers

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Product category: wines fromVallée du Rhône

Gigondas - Les Hautes Garrigues

 In this historic terroir of the winery, our vines have been rooted since the winery was founded five generations ago in 1874. In 1852, the municipality of Gigondas decided to auction its 12 hectares of garrigue. Shortly after, the winegrowers planted the first vines and discovered the magnificent stony red clay soils of the Quaternary. The roots of the vines have to push through 8 meters of barren and draining alluvial soils before reaching the deeper basis of blue clay. The Grenache loves this soil, and here expresses its full power. As being replanted for many years the proportion of Mourvèdre steadily increases and today arrives at 40%. It brings the wine freshness, licorice aromas and structure. This terroir creates deep, reputable wines, with spice and a dense tannin structure, as well as an exceptional longevity.

Origin : Plot of vines planted exclusively on the land of the Hautes Garrigues by which the area is named and which serves as the center of the domain.
Varieties : Grenache 65%, Mourvèdre 35%. (Old vines).
Vinification : Harvesting by hand with a strict selection process ; the whole harvest « macerates » for two months. Partial destemming.
Ageing : The wine ages in recent oak casks (foudres) ans terracotta jars for 18 months before bottling.
Terroir : A poor and stony Quaternary soil of red clay.

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Product category: wines fromVallée du Rhône

Gigondas - Clos Derrière Vieille

When the Clos Derrière Vieille is acquired by the Gras family in 1994, it had been barely cultivated. The former dairy still lies stately within the middle of the vineyards. In hard work, the terraces are restored to counteract erosion. The vines are planted in narrow terraces meanderingin in dense rows along the morphology of the steep limestone massif. Each grape variety was planted on a terrace to meet its demand for water: Syrah in damp soils and Mourvèdre in stony ones, Grenache in transitional zones: 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre. Located 350 meters above sea level, facing north-west, this special location with 6.5 ha of forest and 3.5 ha of vines offers a breathtaking view into the Rhone Valley. The nearby hospice and church gave it its name: Derrière la vieille ville (behind the old village). On the limestone soils of the Cretaceous, the wine develops a fine bouquet of fresh fruits and delicate, floral notes, supported by mineral freshness and fine tannins. An extraordinary taste experience that fully explains to what extent nature and the environment can give shape to a wine.

Origin : The Clos Derrière Vieille (behind the old village hospices) is naturally fenced by woods. Slope from 300 to 350 meters of altitude with a northwest exposure. Very slow rippening of the grapes: shadowed on the morning, bathed by the sun until sunset.
Varieties : 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah. The Syrah were planted on the richest areas, Mourvèdre on the better drained areas and Grenache on intermediate terraces.
Vinification : Hand picked with a very selective sorting, destemming, short and soft maceration. Soft punching-down.
Ageing : In recent casks (foudres) and terracotta jars during 18 months.
Terroir : Calcareous marl from Cretaceous period.

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Product category: wines fromVallée du Rhône

Gigondas - Aux Lieux-Dits

This cuvee reflects all our locations in Gigondas. It gets its character through the connection between eight different vineyards and four typical grape varieties of the Rhône Valley. Alluvial soils, red and blue clay, as well as marl lime, add to the taste and fragrance of this elegant and expressive wine as do the grape varieties of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Each terroir contributes to the overall picture with its character. Typically characterized by fresh fruit and noble, vegetal aromas in its youth, it usually develops a bouquet of exotic spices after a few years of bottle storage.

Origin : The vineyards are situated in 8 different localities of Gigondas (called “lieux-dits” in French). Thus the cuvee is called “from different localities” (“Aux Lieux-dits”).
Grape varieties : Grenache 75 %, Syrah 10 %, Mourvèdre 13 %, Cinsault 2 %. 
(40 years old vines).
Vinification : Hand picked and sorted, partly destemmed, natural yeasts, long maceration.
Ageing : 18 months in casks (foudres) and terracotta jars. 
Soils : Aluvial, quaternary, stony red clay soils in the localities called : Les Hautes Garrigues, Les Carbonnières, Les Rocassières, Santa Duc, Les Pailleroudas, Les Routes. 
Blue clay in the locality called : Goujard et Plane. 
Calcareous marly soils from the Cretaceous in the locality called : Clos Derrière Vieille.

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Product category: wines fromVallée du Rhône

Châteauneuf-du-Pape - La Crau Ouest

High above the Rhone, it is probably one of the proudest terroirs of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Exposed to the north, it creates straightforward, generous and complex wines. Deeply rooted in the soils of the Miocene, made of “safres” and sand, the eighty-year-old Grenache vines thrive accompanied by some traditional grape varieties from Châteuneuf-du-Pape. Large amplitudes between day and night temperatures mark the grapes with a fine and precise tannin structure. A terroir in which the biodynamic preparation 500 is of particular importance. The horn dung preparation revitalizes both soil flora and microbiological life and thereby preserves organic matter in these sandy and particularly heavily drained soils. Challenged by ageing in jars, the wines develop much tension and finesse, up to a burgundy-like character. Of astonishing energy, the wines of La Crau Ouest have always contributed to the reputation of Rhône wines by their longevity and their unique style.

Origin : Very qualitative sandy soil of La Crau Ouest.
Varieties : 100% Grenache, 80 years old vines.
Vinification : Hand picked with a very selective sorting, short and soft maceration. Soft punchingdown.
Ageing : In terracotta jars during 18 months to enhance fruit, minerality and authenticity of both terroir and grape variety.
Terroir : In depth, significantly more reddish brown soil and substantially more clayey, hardly calcareous. Many earthworm tunnels, down to 90cm (35 inches) deep underground.

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Product category: wines fromVallée du Rhône

Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Les Saintes Vierges

We have a special relationship with this terroir, one of the first on which we settled in the appellation. The old Grenache vines, supported by Mourvèdre and Counoise, seem to have a penchant for the finesse and lightness of these sandy soils situated in the southwester part of the appellation, which are slightly warmer than those of “La Crau Ouest”. The well-being of the vines reflects in the balanced taste of the wine, whose fine tannin structure entirely corresponds with the character of the terroir.

Origin : Lieu-dit (single vineyard) Les Saintes Vierges, in the East of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Varieties: 90% Grenache, 9% Mourvèdre, 1% Counoise.
Vinification : Hand picked with a very selective sorting, short and soft maceration. Soft punching-down.
Ageing : In big casks and terracotta jars during 18 months.
Terroir : Brown to light brown limestone from Miocene «safre» (marly sand).

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Product category: wines fromVallée du Rhône

Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Habemus Papam

A papal wine that draws its power and confidence from the soil of different vineyards situated in the north, east and the center of the appellation. Fine sands, red clay and sandstone, contribute to the overall picture, especially the vineyards called «Le Pradel» and «La Font du Pape». The translation of the Provencal name of the latter location refers to relatively humid soils on which Syrah, or its ancestor, the Sérine, expresses with particular freshness. The traditional blending of different vineyards and historical grape varieties of the region, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Counoise, finds its raison d’être in the elegance and harmony of the wines it produces.

Origin : Vineyard situated in several parts of Châteauneuf-du-Pape called «Les Saintes Vierges», «La Font du Pape» and «Le Pradel». On the label we honour Jean XXII. Native of Cahors, he was the first pope to choose Avignon as residence. As well, he planted the papal vineyards and ordered to build a new castle (château neuf) in the place that should become Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Varieties : 64% of old Grenache vines, 25 % Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 1% Counoise.
Vinification : Hand picked and sorted, whole bunch fermentation with punching down for gentle extraction.
Ageing : 18 months in casks (foudres) and terracotta jars. 
Soils : Sandy clay and safre soils (Les Saintes Vierges, Le Pradel). Ancient alluvial and molassic sands (La Font du Pape).

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Product category: wines fromVallée du Rhône

Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Le Pied de Baud

Located in the north of the appellation, on the gently slopes of the «Plateau des Brusquières», one hectare of vines surrounded by forest. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Cinsault thrive here in the shade of a century-old oaktree, deeply rooted in alluvial soils of river gravel and clay, once deposited by the exuberant, prehistoric Rhône river. An old well indicating a high groundwater level, soothes the vigneron in times of drought. The wine finds its balance between spicy aromas, power and structure.

Origin : Cuvée made from Le Pied de Baud lieu-dit at the north-west of Châteauneuf-du-Pape area.
Varieties : 80% Grenache old vines, 15% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault. 
Vinification : Manual picking with very selective sorting, desteming, short maceration with soft pigeages and pumping overs.
Ageing : 18 months in recent foudres and terracotta jars. 
Terroir : Red clay soil mixed with pebbles.

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Product category: wines fromVallée du Rhône

Vacqueyras - Les Aubes

Origin : A culmination of two terroirs, Les Aubes and La Ponche both found in the commune of Vacqueyras.
Grape varietals : 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah.
Production process : Manual harvest with each bunch of grapes hand selected. Long maceration with careful extraction.
Ageing process : 18 months of ageing – 90% Stockinger Foudres, 10% Terracotta jars (amphora)  
Sols : Sandy slopes for Les Aubes, lime-chalk soil for La Ponche.

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Product category: wines fromVallée du Rhône

Côtes-du-Rhône - Les Quatre Terres

Origin : A collection of plots of vines planted on the Vacqueyras, Rasteau (Crus), Roaix and Seguret (Côtes-du-Rhône Villages) communes. It is this collectivity that gave the wine variety the name “The Four Lands”.
Grape varieties : Grenache 70 %, Syrah 15 %, Mourvèdre 10%, Carignan, Cinsault, Clairette 5 %.
Production process : Harvesting by hand with a strict selection process ; short maceration, partial destemming. 
Ageing process : 90% in Stockinger Foudres, 10% in terracotta jars (amphora)
Land :
Vacqueyras : sandy sloping soils.
Roaix : sand and grit.
Séguret : Alluvial calcarous clay terraces.
Rasteau : Old broken stone terraces ; red calcarous soils on a bed of gravel.

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At the foot of the “Dentelles de Montmirail”

1874, The first buildings are constructed. Six generations succeed each other at Domaine Santa Duc, each adding their own contribution to its development. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault; the Gras family are committed to bringing out the best in these noble grapes. Massal selections, biodynamics, whole cluster vinification, fermentation with wild yeasts, minimum intervention, non-filtered wines…. Parcel by parcel, Benjamin Gras maintains this meticulous approach at the head of the estate, engaging this heritage and these skills in the service of two immense terroirs of the southern Rhone Valley – Gigondas and Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

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