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Les Vieux Ronsard, 2013

By Domaine Ludovic Engelvin

  • Region: Languedoc
  • Country: France
  • Colour: Red
  • Grape Varieties: Grenache Noir
  • Soil type: Clay, Sand
  • Vessel type: Wood - Old oak
  • Unfined.
  • Unfiltered.
  • Low sulphite.

Notes on additives, aids & processing used:

  • No temperature control.
  • Organic/Biodynamic/Equivalent
  • Total Sulphites: 30 mg/L
  • This wine is fermented spontaneously.
  • Other Information:Age of the vines: 50 to 60 years old. Vinification: Ludovic uses sheeps in the vineyard; they graze from November to the end of March. He is looking to activate the microbial life in his soils. Grapes are hand-harvested. Wine is aged for 12 to 18 months in barrels. 15mg/L of sulphite is added before bottling. Alcohol: 13%

About Domaine Ludovic Engelvin

Languedoc, France

Situated halfway between the Pic Saint Loup and Tavel, the area known as the Languedoc Gardois has long been a viticultural hotspot: the Romans, who made the nearby city of Nîmes an important hub, established a thriving winemaking industry here centuries ago. Local wines enjoyed notable prestige throughout history, but a shift toward productivity over quality in the twentieth century all but stripped the region of its reputation. Thanks to forward-thinking young vignerons like Ludovic Engelvin, these historic terroirs are once again living up to their former glory.

Now the proprietor of nine hectares, split between terroirs of limestone and sandstone amid a rugged landscape dominated by stones and scrubby aromatic garrigue, Ludovic crafts elegant, perfumed wines of great purity.

Engelvin is now famed for his refined Grenache Noir. He uses no mechanical intervention in the process, and a herd of sheep help keep the soil healthy. If the vines ever need treatment, only essential oils and herbal remedies are used. Bottling is further designed to maintain the quality of the final product, using only gravity in the process.