So, as a committed wine trader, VIGNOBLES & COMPAGNIE pursues its work alongside the partners during the winemaking and maturing processes. Nicolas Rager is devoted to preserving the techniques of vine cultivation and bringing out the best in the land, and he pours all his expertise into giving the wines character without changing their natural properties. And it is thanks to his now legendary patience and serenity (at least on the surface) that we discover the resulting voluptuous, delectable and delicate wines.

For its cuvées, Nicolas uses a high proportion of Syrah in its blends. This is a bold choice for the southern Rhône Valley where Grenache is often the star. Syrah is a difficult varietal which demands special attention both out in the vineyard and in the cellar, but it gives the wines great freshness and aging potential.

Our wines are made in the traditional way, preferring pumping over and rack-and-return to the punching down technique. The white wines are left in contact with the fine lees for 2 to 3 weeks with regular stirring. The wood used for the maturing process brings concentration and enhances the aromatic without being overbearing.

This demands real finesse to preserve the primary aromas of the grapes and the terroir.