Grégory Guillaume

Grégory Guillaume Testard Cabernet Sauvignon NV


This Cabernet Sauvignon originates from a forty-year-old vineyard located in Alba-la-Romaine, cultivated by Greg's friend Gilles on clay and limestone soils. The grapes underwent a four-day maceration period as whole bunches before being pressed into the cuve to rest until the following spring. Aromas of berries and dry spices, while the palate delights with notes of blood orange and bitter herbs.

Dry/Sweet:, Dry
Wine Type:,
Wine Style:, Medium Body
Grapes:, Cabernet Sauvignon
Farming:, Organic
Vintage:, NV
Alcohol:, 13%
Country:, France
Region:, Ardèche
Appellation:, NA
Bottle Size:, 750ml
Sugar level:, Low Sugar, Zero Added Sugar

Food Pairing Ideas:

Roast gammon with sweet potato roasties and bacon sprouts.


Producer profile

Grégory Guillaume

Grégory Guillaume, situated in the village of Villeneuve de Berg, shares the same locale as Les Deux Terres. As one of the youngest winemakers in the region, he is part of the emerging generation of natural wine producers in Ardèche, drawing inspiration from renowned wineries in Valvigniere such as Le Mazel and Calek. Grégory Guillaume embarked on his winemaking journey in 2011 with 1.5 hectares of vines, which has since expanded to 3 hectares. His vineyards are planted with Grenache, Merlot, Syrah, Alicante, Chardonnay, and Grenache Blanc, all of which are certified organic by Ecocert.

Wine region

Ardèche, France

The Ardèche wine region is located in southern France, covering the Ardèche department and extending into the northern Gard department. It sits on the western banks of the Rhône River, bridging the northern and southern Rhône vineyards. The region is known for its diverse landscapes and climates, making it ideal for vine growing.

Ardèche wines have a long history, with evidence of viticulture dating back to antiquity. The region produces a variety of wines under the IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée) Ardèche designation, which was formerly known as Vin de Pays. This classification covers red, white, and rosé wines. Notable grape varieties include Grenache, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay, the indigenous Chatus for reds, and Chardonnay and Viognier for whites. Other varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Marsanne, and Roussanne are also cultivated.

The Ardèche region is characterized by its varied terroirs, including the mountainous central west, the high plateaux of the Haut-Vivarais and Cévennes, the Bas-Vivarais plains, and the volcanic Coiron plateau. The climate is predominantly Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and mild winters. The Mistral wind from the north and sea breezes from the south influence the region's weather, contributing to sudden heavy rainfall in spring and autumn. Soils are typically limestone and sandstone, with pebbly, thin soils in vineyard areas that promote good grape concentration.

The production in Ardèche is dominated by cooperatives, which account for 80-95% of the total output. The Union des Vignerons des Coteaux de l'Ardèche (UVICA) oversees 12 cooperatives, with additional independent cooperatives and private producers contributing to the region's wine diversity. Ardèche wines range from fresh and balanced whites to robust and tannic reds, with Chatus being a standout variety.

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