A small portion of the wines is aged in barrels that gives just a touch of oak to the final blend. The rest stays in tanks to preserve the full fruit aromas. These wines are racked then, regularly to provide them with natural stabilization of their components.
the vineyards are the largest of the northern Rhône appellations. They cover 11 communes in the Drôme "département", on the left bank of the Rhône River.
the soils vary: from the north, these are mainly over granite subsoils that follow on from those of the Hermitage hill; to the south where are both fluvialglacial alluviums, with terraces of rolled stones from the old river bed, mixed with loess.
the climate has a southerly exposure in the hillside areas.
Prevailing wind : The "Mistral".
Surface area under production : Production area is 1,683 hectares/3,485 acres, for an annual production of 61,000 hectolitres/678,000 cases. Authorized maximum yield is 45 hectolitres/hectare (2,6 US tons/acre).
Grape varieties : Syrah (an addition of up to 15% of Marsanne or Roussanne is allowed).