The vines are mainly planted in shallow soil overlaying chalk. This encourages the roots to grow deeply into the chalk, providing them with water and warmth. The Pinot Noir vineyard in Aÿ has a sunny south facing slope, which enables the grapes to reach excellent maturity. We try to undertake sustainable and environmentally friendly practices where possible.
The harvest is always done by hand and usually takes place between the 15th of September and the 15th of October. Grapes are whole bunch pressed and the juice is racked to a tank where it is allowed to settle for at least 12 hours. The clear juice is racked and yeast added to encourage a thorough fermentation at a cool temperature, approximatly 15-17 C. After a short period of post ferment maturation, the wine is blended, and bottled with a yeast addition to allow for secondary, in bottle fermentation. The dosage is 10 g/l and the wine is stored for between 24 to 36 months before release.