|Winemaker||Bernard and Claire Burle|
|Location||📍 Vacqueyras, France|
|Grapes||Syrah, Grenache, Carignan|
The Burle family’s estate is quite a sizeable entity – 35 ha in the Northern Rhône appellation of Cornas, which is only 90 ha. Grapes used to get sold off in bulk, since the cuverie was not big enough to handle what would have been quite a large production. But cue a new cellar, and cue the return home of Burle daughter, Claire, back from her wine-making travels in Australia. With dad Bernard still involved, they are now able to bottle a lot more wine under their own name, and yet still retain their previous flexibility (which is a great fall-back to have, especially if cash-flow gets squeezed). A faultless combination.
“The diversity of our terroir is the key. We have many types of terroirs and soils. Clay soil for Vacqueyras, calcareous for the Gigondas, sandy for the Ventoux and stony for the Plan de Dieu. Our terroir is really rich: each of these soils bring specificity to the wine.”
Claire, September 2020 on our Wine Maker interview