Château Haut Lignières

Les Petites Plumes 2016
Faugères AOP

Les Petites Plumes

Estate bottled

The slopes of Faugères and the schist soil

In 2007 Jérôme Rateau bought the property with its two cellars, and twelve hectares of vines. He had initially planned a career in sport, but was forced to rethink following an injury. He also enjoyed science, particularly biology, and that led to a degree in oenology at Bordeaux.

His first job was to work for a large Bordeaux estate on the right bank, which produced 10,000 hl a year. There he learnt a lot, mainly what not to do, and then he worked as a consultant oenologist. Soon Jérôme realized that what he really wanted to do was to make his own wine. He wrote a business plan, enlisted support from his parents, and after a lot of looking, he eventually came to Faugères and bought Haut Lignières in time to help with the 2007 harvest.

He was taken by the terroir, the slopes of Faugères and the schist soil.

Wine

Soil

Wine

Making

Drinking

Advice

Hills at 350 m altitude. Broken schists.
Cultivation without any use of synthetic products, controlled grassing, work under the vine line. Yield : 30 hl/ha.

Carignan 60%
Grenache Noir 30%
Syrah 10%

Complete destemming, followed by pelliculaire maceration of 14 days.
Fermentation use of indigenous yeasts. Separate tanks after parcel selection, fermentation under temperature control, with regular pumping over and punching down. Maturing : 50% in tank for 12 months, 50% for 6 months in oak vat.
Bottling without fining or filtration.

Serve at 16-18°C.