Coteaux du Lyonnais Le Coeur des Hommes
« This cuvée is the reflection of a blend of plots located on a terroir of blue stones unique to Savigny. Coming from a geological frontier, it gives this cuvée a uniqueness. »
– Emmanuel Rostaing-Tayard
LE COEUR DES HOMMES | AT-A-GLANCE
- Grape variety: Gamay
- Age of the vines: Average of 50 years
- Altitude: 1,300 to 1,800 feet
- Manual harvesting
- Drastic sorting both in the vineyard and in the cellar
- Vinification without inputs
- Burgundy-style vinification with the aim of finesse and elegance
- Maceration for 12 days without extraction
- Combined aging in stainless steel vats and demi muids with very light sulfiting before bottling
- 12.53% ABV
Fruity, spicy nose, a supple structure and a tangy final note which gives a sensation of freshness to the wine.
COTEAUX DE LYONNAISE
Rostaing-Tayard is based in a region just outside of Lyon called ‘The Coteaux de Lyonnais”; just beyond Northern Rhone and South of Beaujolais sandwiched between the two regions. The influence of Beaujolais can be felt here with grape varieties like Gamay and Chardonnay and granitic soils with metamorphic blue stones making for a noble terroir to host 50-year-old vines. Emmanuel brings a wealth of knowledge and experience back to his hometown of Savigny where he is deeply passionate about biodynamic principles and saving the historic vineyards in his small comer of France.
Emmanuel Rostaing-Tayard grew up in the vines at Récy in Savigny within a family of winegrowers who passed on this passion from generation to generation. “You could say that wine runs through my veins!” Devoted to polyculture at every turn, the ecosystem at Domaine Rostaing-Tayard is certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Demeter. The approach in the vineyard and in the cellar is one of minimal intervention.
« I only use biodynamic preparations; herbal teas, fermented extracts and decoctions. These preparations allow me to use minimal doses of copper and sulfur to fight against diseases such as mildew and powdery mildew. The vines are grassed and I sometimes work the soil on the surface with the help of a chasing machine so as not to compact the soil and disturb its microbial life. On the pruning side, I am trained in non-mutilating pruning and I take care to respect the flow of sap in order to perpetuate the life of the vine and to avoid diseases of the wood. »
In the cellar, he vinifies all wines with the indigenous yeasts already present in the grapes. Vinification takes place naturally without inputs. Once alcoholic fermentation and malolactic fermentation have taken place, the only input Emmanuel uses is sulfur in very small quantities at the end of ageing leaving this cuvée Cœur des Hommes, or the Heart or Men, as the purest expression of Rostaing-Tayard vineyards.