A collection of wines from the most important villages in the Southern Rhône is bottled under the Patrick Lesec label. Patrick takes great pains to search out the finest terroirs, the best soils with old vineyards — and thus the finest sources of grapes — in each appellation. These are often grower-owned land and ones who chose not to bottle wine under their own label.
Patrick works closely with them to produce the highest quality wines possible using his principles of non-interventionist winemaking. First, he tastes through all the barrels and tanks and makes a careful selection of the components he wishes to blend into his final cuvée. The variables in this process include different grape varieties, different vineyard sites, and in some cases different lots of the same wines.Once the lots have been selected for the final blend, Patrick specifies how he wants the élevage done. Some lots will be kept in tank to preserve the freshness of their fruit; others will be aged in barrels to add richness, texture and complexity. He continues to visit the cellars and taste the lots to monitor their progress. Adjustments are made as necessary.
Patrick’s cuvées are usually treated with as little sulphur as possible. The wines are not fined or filtered, and are hand-bottled where possible. Patrick’s cuvées of Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Cairanne, Rasteau and Vacqueyras clearly reflect the style of their respective appellations and terroirs. They have in common lovely aromatics, a distinctive purity of fruit flavours, soft, round tannins and long, pleasant finishes. His cuvées are fresh, natural and vibrant.