The Estate: Augustus was the first Vandelle to move to l’Étoile in 1883. Six generations later, Philippe possesses the same passion for this terroir. From a very young age, he walked the vineyards by the side of his grandfather, Joseph. In this way, the Vandelle family has passed their winemaking secrets from father to son, teaching each new generation the methods of limiting yields, grape maturation, alcoholic fermentation, and aging “sous voile.”
Located on 13 hectares of AOC l’Étoile, Domaine Philippe Vandelle is a follower of “l’agriculture raisonnée” or sustainable agriculture, which requires compliance with strict specifications. More than 40 measures need to be met, such as product traceability, safety, waste management, soil management, and plant protection products. Under the control of the State, this qualification is validated by Qualité France SA and is valid for 5 years with an unannounced inspection.
Grape Varieties: 100% Poulsard. Poulsard, or Ploussard as it is sometimes called, is a red French wine grape variety from the Jura wine region. Poulsard is a variety that is often used for blending with other red grape varieties due to its pale red color and lighter body, but here it is allowed to shine with its delicate yet intense flavors.
Food Pairings: Serve cool. Pairs well with smoked cheeses, charcuterie, salads, etc.