After finishing his degree in oenology in 1995, Denis Lattard took over his family’s chicken and vegetable farm located in the heart of the Drôme. The farm had been previously covered in vines and this signified to Denis a different potential of this special terroir. He began to plant Gamay, Syrah, Roussanne, and Viognier vines on the 6.3-hectare estate.
The Drôme sits on the western banks of the Rhone River in the northern Rhone wine region. The Drôme has a Mediterranean climate that is well-suited to growing grapes – mild winters followed by dry, hot summers coax ripeness from the fruit while the cooling Mistral wind keeps the developing sugars in check. In the end you get wines of balance and concentration.
Today, the certified organic vines live in a dramatic environment of limestone and clay soils at 350 meters in elevation on chiseled cliffs. Since 2007, he has added zero sulfites to his cuvées. The style of the wines tend to be light and fresh, allowing his terroir and the grapes’ true characteristics to shine through. Denis doesn’t want to produce pretentious or serious wines, just tasty wine to be enjoyed everyday.
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