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Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Vin de France Rosé “Oasis”
Mourvèdre 30-40 years average Limestone 1.3 ha
Vin de France Rouge “Cru-Elles”
70% Cinsault, 30% Grenache 40 years average Clay, Limestone, Sandstone N/A
Gard Rouge “Célas”
Grenache 40 years average Sandstone 3 ha
Gard Rouge “Clos Serre-Cabanis”
60% Mourvèdre, 40% Grenache 40 years average Clay, Limestone 2.6 ha
Gard Rouge "Clausus"
Grenache 20-30 years old Grey marl, clay, limestone 1.3 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres


• Organic farming (no certification) with some biodynamic practices (essential oils and herbal tisanes)
• No mechanical intervention in vineyards so as not to compact soils
Enherbement total (natural plant growth between rows) encouraged for aeration of soil and biodiversity
• Sheep roam the vineyard in winter
• Hand-harvested
• No de-stemming; grapes are lightly crushed
• All fermentations are spontaneous by indigenous yeasts
• All wines fermented in tank (fiberglass and stainless steel)
• Macerations typically last 10-15 days
• Light pumpovers to aerate must and keep the cap wet (not for extraction)
• Wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered
• 15-20 mg/L SO2 added at bottling

Vin de France Rosé “Oasis”:
• Direct to press
• Raised in stainless steel
• Vinified and bottled without sulfur

Gard Rouge “Cru-Elles”:
• Name is a play on words (cru like a vineyard)
• Aged in fiberglass and stainless steel tanks for 6 months until Spring bottling

Gard Rouge “Célas”:
• Name is reference to the type of sandstone in the vineyard, found in an old geological study: grès de Célas
• Aged in fiberglass and stainless steel tanks for 6 months until Spring bottling

Gard Rouge “Clos Serre-Cabanis”:
• Parcel is planted 50/50 to Mourvèdre and Grenache
• This is an ancient parcel, a ‘clos’ surrounded by woods. Serre-Cabanis is an old French word of unknown meaning; possibly ‘serre’ like an enclosed space (greenhouse); Cabanis is a common family name in the Languedoc, so perhaps it belonged to a Cabanis family, or perhaps it was owned or worked by people who lived in cabanes, or little stone houses.
• Aged 12 months in barrel (228-L Burgundian barriques purchased used, and 600-L fûts purchased new and introduced gradually)

Gard Rouge “Clausus”:
•In Latin "clausus" means clos
•Grapes sourced from the commune of Vic-le-Fesq
•Fermentation lasts one month in stainless steel tanks
•Aged 12 months in stainless steel tanks

General Information

I.G.P. Gard, Vin de France
Ludovic Engelvin
Organic (practicing)
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