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Farge used to sell his wine to the co-op in Hermitage, but he left to make his own wines in 2007. His 20 hectare domaine’s heart is on some of the steepest and best terraced vineyards of St Joseph. Farming is done without herbicide and with the use of horses to plough and aerate the soils. The St Joseph vineyards are situated on granite soils in the region’s best sites. The Condrieu is made from very low yielding vines at 20hl/ha. Hand harvested and barrel fermented on natural yeast before ageing for five months in three year old barrels, this is wonderfully fresh, aromatic Condrieu. The ‘Passion de Terrasses’ St Joseph is made from vines of over 100 years of age. The grapes are 70% de-stemmed. Vinification on native yeast includes gentle pump overs. Ageing is in 30% new 400 litre oak barrels and 70% 3-4 year old 228 litre barrels for 11-13 months. The result is a sleek, cented expression of Syrah, with plenty of vibrant, dark berry fruit and a real sense of mineral complexity. The Cornas is gently pressed from 25 year old vines and vinified onnative yeast before spending 12 months in three year old barrels. This is quite a lifted, floral wine for a Cornas, with hints of the garrigue and smoked game that is readily identified with the village.