Vineyards & Viticulture
The vineyard of Pignan is two hectares that were planted in the 1980s, located at Chateau Rayas behind the pine trees. It is a slightly warmer site with some rocks scattered through the vineyard.
Fine red sand base with smaller pebbles
Harvest & Vinification
Grapes are not destemmed, and whole bunches are crushed and fermented for 10-14 days, with native yeast and in concrete vats. After malolactic fermentation, the wines are aged for another 12 months in 80-100 year old foudres. "These foudres were around when my grandfather was alive, and he bought them secondhand," says Emmanuel. The wines are lightly filtered before bottling.