94 points Wine Spectator and a Hot Wine Selection, October 2016
"Expressive, rich and complex, layering blueberry, cherry and plum flavors with savory spice and cedar notes. Fine, powdery tannins lift the long finish. Best from 2018 through 2024." -Harvey Steiman.
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The soils at Le Pre du Col are ancient marine sediments that were uplifted meaning that, at one time a very long time ago, this vineyard land was at the bottom of the sea. The sand content is quite high at Le Pre du Col. The sands here are different than our other marine sedimentary sights in that they are quite white in color and thus very reflective. We have found chunks of rock in the vineyard that would point to bedrock that is sandstone and/or shale driven with pockets of quartz rock.
The vigor in this vineyard is moderate; definitely not poor but not overly vigorous and vines here can definitely handle and ripen a natural yield of 2.75-3.5 tons to the acre although we tend to fine tune the crop in most years to 2.25 tons to the acre in years where we have a choice. In years where rain or hail or frost affect bloom, we get what we get and it is usually on the lower side of desirable but that, in turn, lends itself to greater concentration, extract and flavor intensity from this site.
Some descriptors to highlight the predominant flavors in this wine include - blueberry, cinnamon candies, Matsu take mushroom, fresh turned earth, reduction, incense and spice. These are the tasting notes that recur time and time again when I taste the wines from this vineyard without a winemaking manipulation that might forcefully try to bring forth such aromas, flavors or imagery.