Les Terrasses Merlot / Syrah
This wine takes its name from the terraces – locally called ‘Faysses’ – and their dry stone walls reflect the history and beauty of Ardèche’s vineyards.
These red grapes are sourced from sandstone terraces around the village of Rosières. “We are aiming for wine which has good fruit, an elegant palate and balance on the finish” states winemaker Luc Tallaron.
A beautiful ruby red colour, it offers fruity aromas such as strawberry and raspberry; very round in mouth, it is fruit-forward with polished tannins.
About the Producer
Vignerons Ardechois – UVICA – is a co-operative situated near Ruoms on the right bank of the Rhone, west of Montelimar between Lyon and Avignon. Formed over 30 years ago it has bought together 23 smaller co-operatives from 23 villages. It is the largest single wine producer in the Rhone, representing 3,000 growers with 8,500 ha of vineyards. Annual production is over 500,000 hectolitres – mainly varietal IGP Ardeche (formally Vin de Pays des Coteaux de l’Ardeche) but also AOC wines of Cotes du Rhone, Coteaux du Tricastin and Cotes du Vivarias. EU funding and a growing awareness of modern vinification techniques have encouraged the Co-ops to invest in state of the art technology, actions from which they have clearly benefitted.