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The new cuvée, AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages Séguret,
2011, first vintage for "Les Merrelies"
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This new cuvée, was made in small quantity for this first time with the 2011 vintage. I have made only 2 barrels of this cuvee in 2011 (less than 600 bottles).
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I was thinking of making this new cuvée since a long time. I had to wait because I didn't had enough space for the barrels in my winery.
Then, I did some changes in the winery, and that allows me to save some space for the barrels. I finaly could make this new cuvée.
This cuvée will be made every year in small quantity (a few barrels).
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Through years, because of the evolution of my knowledge on Séguret's terroir, this new cuvée has become necessary for me. I was sure my wines needed an adapted ageing in barrels for being more complex.

This cuvée is made with the same blend of grapes varieties as the "Estelles" cuvée (70% Black Grenache and 20% Syrah, then Mourvedre, Cinsault, and old Carignan for the last 10%). This cuvée is aged into 4 to 5 years old barrels (Burgundy shape) during 12 months in order to soften the tanins and bring more complexity to the wine.
For a better preservation of the quality of the wine, this cuvée is bottled without any filtration.
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The botteling has been made end of April 2013 using the séguret's new bottle.
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