Le Ciel Vide

A translation of Bruce Springsteen’s “Empty Sky”. A song which reflected our emotions following September 11th 2001, when we were living and working in the shadow of the World Trade Center.

Character

Le Ciel Vide is a lighter style of red wine made from 50% old vine Carignan, 20%Grenache, with some Syrah and Mourvedre. It differes from our other reds in that it is not aged in barrel.

The nose is a powerful combination of forest fruits, violets, stables and barnyards. The palate is fruit-forward but savoury, spicy flavours appear shortly afterwards. The texture is glossy, while retaining some structure. It can be served very lightly chilled.

Food Matches

A versatile wine. Great with tapas and charcuterie but also goes well with simple fish dishes that don’t have strong sauces. It’s equally nice with things like grilled chicken and tomato-based pasta dishes.

Production

  • Vineyard : Sustainably farmed red clay/limestone.
  • Old vine Carignan (>50 yrs) and Grenache with younger Syrah and Mourvedre.
  • Average Yield 28 hl/ha
  • Hand-picked and sorted. Transported in small caissettes.
  • No acidification or chaptelisation
  • Fermented in stainless steel at 27 °C for 2 weeks with 5 days extended maceration.
  • Unfined but filtered at bottling in the following spring.
  • Bottled in Ecova environmentally-friendly, lightweight bottles and sealed with DIAM natural corks to prevent cork-taint.
  • 3000 bottles made 

Reviews

Revue de Vin de la France 14/20.

Vintages

The current vintage is 2009. Drinking well but will reward another year in the cellar.

2008 is drinking perfectly now. It was the first vintage of this wine and used a higher percentage of Carignan from a very old vineyard that has now been dug up.

I’m not sure how these wines will age. They have the potential to develop even more fragrant aromas but don’t have the tannin structure of my other red wines.