Emmanuel Darnaud started his own domaine in 2001 with only 1.5 hectares. Today he tends a full 15 hectares of vines in the south of the appellation, including the villages of Mercurol, Pont de l’Isere and La Roche de Glun. The soils for the most part are alluvial galets over brown clay, giving supple fruity wines.
He learned from the best, having spent four years with the obsessive genius of Hermitage, Bernard Faurie. It’s no surprise then that his attention to detail is extraordinary, from detailed canopy management to pigeage by foot. The end result is well-rounded, forward wine with brightness and a sense of place. He makes two main cuvees: Les Trois Chenes and the somewhat lighter Mise en Bouche. In special years he makes a reserve ‘Au Fil du Temps’.
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