Meaning "Stormy Sky", Ciel d'Orage is a medium-bodied delight with quiet concentration and a dusty finish from Anne and Pierre-André Déplaude who tend to ~20 hectares of vines in Collines Rhodaniennes, a gem-like appellation long undersung, located just south of Beaujolais and just north of the Northern Rhône growing regions.
Vinification: 70% Gamay, 20% Syrah, 10% Pinot Noir hand-harvested from 23 year-old vines grown on mica schist + gravel soils. The grapes are partly destemmed and part-whole bunches co-fermented, which creates a semi-carbonic environment for a portion of the fermenting-must. After 2 weeks of maceration, the must is pressed and blending ensues. The wine ages for 9 months in concrete tank before being bottled unfined, unfiltered, with no additional SO2.