Ferrussac Les Renardières 2019
Renaud Rossignol got his start in the vineyards of Domaine de Ferrussac from the age of 10. Wielding his grandfather’s secateurs from an early age, his childhood pleasure was to accompany him to the vineyard, tending to their Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Chenanson, and Censault vines growing at elevations varying from 350 to 600m. Seventeen years later he is now both head winemaker and ranch manager – also tending to a herd of 40 Aubrac cows – who also contribute to vineyard diversity as he works towards full organic and biodynamic certification (already in vineyard management practice today). Respect for the land, the cows, the vines, and the region (in La Vacquerie, on the Causse du Larzac: classified by Unesco as a World Heritage site in 2011) is reflected in his wine. There are five hectares currently under vine and the focus is very much on quality over quantity and on delivering wines that are representative of the region. Only 4.500 bottles (25 hectoliters per hectare vs an average of 65-70 hl/ha in the IGP) are produced each year and always sell out. The Domaine de Ferrussac cellar is situated at 630m where ambient temperatures never exceed 22c and aid in the vinification process. The wines and this Ferrussac Les Renardières 2019 are fresh and rustic at the same time; well balanced and well-structured with aromas of fruit and regional garrigue that linger both in the glass and on the palate.