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  • Vineyard Area: 5.5 ha
  • Soil Type: Clay, chalk
  • Varieties Cultivated: Syrah, Marsanne and Roussanne
  • Annual Production: 30,000 bottles
  • Country: France
  • Winemaker: Jean Delobre
  • Topography: Steep slopes

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La Ferme des Sept Lunes situated in Saint Joseph between Vienne and Valence was founded by the grandfather of the current proprietor Jean Delobre in 1984. From then, the estate has grown vines, apricot trees, and grains. Acre by acre, they converted to organic agriculture and biodynamic vineyard management.
 
Jean had been selling his wine to a local co-op until 2001, when he made his first vintage in a converted cowshed from a 5.5 hectare vineyard of Syrah, Marsanne and Roussanne planted on granite soil. The wine is vinified in open cylinder-shaped concrete tanks, and aged in oak barrels.
 
Jean Delobre was dedicated to Mother Nature from the start: upon taking over the property from his father he converted the vineyards to biodynamic viticulture and established a polyculture estate of grain fields, orchards, and prairies to give his vines the best possible ecosystem. For a number of years he participated in a selective organic cooperative, but his stringent standards of quality eventually forced him to break off and bottle his own wines.
 
The estate now produces a fascinating range of cuvées under the Saint-Joseph and nearby Vin de Pays appellations. The majority of his wines are made and bottled with no added sulfur, although he carefully considers the character of every wine and vintage, and adds a very small dose if it is necessary to keep the wine healthy and clean. Jean credits the amazing energy, freshness, and flavors of his wines to the natural character of the terroir and vines.

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