The first winemaker of the Family started his activity in 1920 with 12 hectares. After 3 generations of growing vines and being part of the Coopérative, Guy Farge decided to vinify his grapes himself and in 2007 created his first cuvée. Since then he constantly enhanced the quality of his vines bringing more methods from the organic viticulture and reintroducing the work with the horse in his plots. In 2018 his son Thomas came back from Chicago where he did his MBA and took over the family business. -- The estate now represents 22 hectares and the vines spread on several appellations like Saint Joseph, Condrieu, Cornas and Saint Péray. The slopes are made of granit and the soil is very filtering, the vines are only rarely esposed to the drought. The cultivation of the vines is done by terraces, supported by dry stone walls. The work on the vine is exclusively manual, from pruning to harvesting. -- In the constant concern for environmentally friendly working, the methods of sustainable agriculture adopted (minimal use of treatment products) have naturally given a new place of honour to the horse, which passes through the rows of vines of certain plots to turn the soil around, and thus weed and aerate the soil.
What The Critics Say
96/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski
"From vines planted in 1904 that yielded just 20-25 hectoliters per hectare, the 2017 Saint Joseph Passion de Terrasses boasts a stunning, complex bouquet of roses and ripe stems (it was vinified using only whole clusters), black olives and black cherries. It's medium to full-bodied, concentrated yet silky, with awesome texture and length on the mouthwatering finish. Truly a tour de force, this beauty should drink well through 2035." Drink 2020 - 2035
95/100 Decanter, Matt Walls
"Passion de Terrasses is sourced from vines over a century old, grown on steep granite slopes. The fruit is 100% whole bunch, fermented with indigenous yeasts then matured for 12 months in five-year-old 400l oak barrels. The wine is very full, with ripe fruit, fresh juice and powerful, fine, massy tannins coating the palate. This is hugely powerful, but not from the oak, alcohol or overripeness. It's very long, with a huge tannic heft that will take time to settle. It narrowly avoids overextraction and makes a huge impression." Drink 2021 - 2028
17/20 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming
"Furry black fruit. Finishes with meaty, rich dense flavours. Substantial but retains elegance. (RH)." Drink 2020 - 2030
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