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The vines are located in the northern part of the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in an area called Farguerol. There are two varietally distinct but neighboring plots.
The Grenache is planted on a pre-dominantly clay-sand hill covered with large pebbles. The plot is 3 hectares with vines now averaging 100 years old. Co-planted in the plot is also some Mourvèdre (approximately 10%), a practice meant to promote diversity in the final blend. The Mourvèdre was planted in the place of a Grenache vine after it died and was ripped out.
The Syrah is planted on a pre-dominantly clay-sand and silt hillside with an eastern exposition. The plot is 2 hectares with vines averaging around 20-25 years old.
Despite there being two distinct parcels, the Avrils believe the harmony of the whole is better than the sum of its parts. They only make one wine a vintage.
Each grape variety is vinified separately. The Grenache is aged in 300 liter barrels and the Syrah in tronconic wooden barrels for 18 months.