Domaine Julien Cecillon, Gamay La Savane, 2020
by Domaine Julien Cecillon
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Northern Rhone Gamay! Who knew it was a thing, until Herve Souhaut started to produce the great Souteronne. Now we have ‘La Savane’, from a 2-hectare parcel planted in 1978 in Ardoix, a rugged landscape deep in the hills of the Ardèche. The soils in this parcel are decomposed granite and sand; altitude is at 400m. 70% destemmed, 30% whole-cluster in stainless steel; élevage is then split between steel and larger 5-7 year-old barrels.