2017 was a vintage characterized by sweltering heat and drought in the Languedoc. Many growers decided to pick early in order to preserve acidity in their wines at the price of less mature fruit. Thankfully Jeff chose to wait so his grapes could achieve full maturity. Late August brought brisk maritime winds and cool nights which dropped the sugar levels for Jeff's grapes, resulting in one of the most balanced and interesting vintages yet.
"Vigne Haute" is 100% Syrah from his oldest vines on an elevated section of his vineyard. Rare and not made very often - there are aromas of wild cherry, blackberry and juicy plum, lifted with hints of Asian spice then crushed rock and purple flower tones filtering through the primary fruit notes like with Herve Souhaut. It’s deeply vinous and brooding on the nose in a very alluring way. - Andrew Guard, importer.