"Pierre Jean has two parcels in Côte-Rôtie for this wine: an old vine parcel (Fongeant: 1954 and 1964 plantings) measuring an acre and a quarter plus five acres of younger vines to the north in the Vereney lieu dit of Lézardes. Thus the blend is roughly 20-80 from these sources. All of this is Syrah except for two lonely vines of Viognier that somehow got planted by accident, and these grapes are tossed into the vat.
Carmina is the proprietary name of a cuvée that is made primarily with old vine grapes and fermented with 30% (up to as much as 50% in good years) of whole clusters. Half of the élevage is done in a large oak upright while the remainder of the wine is raised in older demi-muids. It is bottled if possible without fining or filtration. The soil here is very fine mica schist, and the wine has a great deal of breed with a redder flavor profile than Préface, which definitely leans toward a darker profile. Average annual production is 3,600 to 4,800 bottles."
Varietal Composition: 100% Syrah
Appellation: Cote Rotie AOC
Aging: 18-24 months in French oak