Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Marsanne, Roussanne, Clairette, Grenache Gris, Carignan
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Eric Bouletin estates 16 hectares of vineyards has been in the family since before the French Revolution! Prior to that and still today they sell the wine to the Perrin family of Ch Beaucastel. With the 2003 vintage Eric Bouletin took over his fathers 3 hectares of parcels in the southern Rhone village of Vacqueyras. With barely a thousand inhabitants, Vacqueyras has nearly 200 winegrowers. Like Erics father, most of the villages growers sell to the local wine cooperative. In taking over the family business, Eric chose to follow the example of many in Frances natural wine movement, and has been farming and working in the cellar without chemicals, synthetics, or commercial additives since day one. Roucas Toumba (named for the areas fallen rocks) employs few new barrels in order to produce sublime, mineral driven wines.