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Region : Ardèche
Grape : Grenache blanc 50 % / Chardonnay 50 %
Vineyard Size : 1 ha
Appellation : Vin de France
Bottles produced : 4000
Soil : limestone-clay and basalt
Altitude : 230 m
Orientation : south west
Average Age of Vines : 32 years old
Farming : biodynamic
Harvest : by hand the 08/24/2019 and 08/29/2019, 12 grape pickers during the mornings only
Bottling : 07/22/2020
Fermentation process, winemaking notes : direct press, the two grape varieties are vinified
separately and then assembled after one month of fermentation
Aging : 10 months in stainless steel tank
Yield : 30 hl/ha
Fining : no
Filtration : no
So2 : no
Sylvain Bock produces exciting white and red wines in the mountainous Ardeche region of
He grew up in the Northern Rhone and worked for Ardeche legend Gérald Oustric from
Domaine du Mazel. Sylvain produced his first vintage in 2010.
The vineyards see both basalt and limestone present. The limestone from ancient seas and the
basalt from the volcanic activity that was prevalent in past eras here.
His vineyards are in a particularly scenic part of the Ardeche near the pretty town of Valvignères.
There are two main sites – the old Mazel site between Alba la Romaine and Valvignères and a
site further up in the volcanic area near the town of Sceautres where he grows Grenache and
Gamay. He bought this site in 2013.
Sylvain does not add sulphur to any of his wines.