Cedric Parpette does not come from a long line of grape farmers, indeed his family is not in the wine business at all. He was for many years an auto mechanic and more of a beer and whisky guy. That changed when he married Christelle Fernandez.Christelle’s father had acquired a small plot of Montmains in the Cote Blonde portion of Cote-Rotie in 1986 and had been selling the fruit to negociants, mostly Guigal. He added a small parcel from the La Plomb vineyard in 1996, but none of his children were interested in joining the wine growing business until Cedric came along.It turns out that Cedric was easily bit by the Syrah bug, and in 2003 he began vinifying and bottling a small portion of the fruit under his own label. From the get go everything was doggedly old school in style. Cedric spends a lot of time in the vineyards, farming as naturally and gently as possible. In the cellar he is as hands off as possible, realizing that he has excellent plots of Serine clone Syrah, he wants the special terroir to shine through. Everything is fermented in concrete tanks and then racked once into mostly neutral barriques to age for 12-14 months before bottling with any fining or filtration.
Earthy , Elegant , Rich