We have been talking about it already last year in spring: The Rhone 2011 vintage requires patience. We started on a sunny Wednesday 14th of September, harvest was hand picked and sorted, natural yeasts carried out fermentations, late-harvested grapes were put in the vats without destemming and tannin extractions were long and slow.
Most of the wines were aged in oak, with large 3600 vats replacing most of the traditional smaller barriques. Now the blends are finished and the wines rest in concrete tanks, waiting to be filled. The latter will be done according to the lunar calendar, in order to enhance the aromatic expression of the wines.