A stony terroir
After 15 years of wine making for others, François Tissot couldn’t resist to the temptation to produce his own wine. He settled in Ardèche after searching a vineyard in different French appellations.
He fell in love with a property, well hidden under the pine trees, in Southern Ardèche, in the locality of Rosières (IGP Ardèche) at a little over 656 feet of altitude, he named Mas Heritage.
The vineyard spreads over a little more than thirty terraces (called faysses) and covers about 10 acres with a variety of orientations.
In spring 2013, he made his first plantations, fixing the original stony terrasses.
Soils stemming from the lower sandstone of the Trias cévenol, are acid and mainly sand-clay, which favors fine and elegant wines despite the strong heats of the region.
By 2018 the entire vineyard will have been replanted, with grapes : Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet, Cinsault, Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Viognier and Riesling.
Ardèche is not only a beautiful region, she is also generous with no less than 7 wines producing soils of character, two of excellence for the syrah on the steep sloping hillsides of Cornas and Saint Joseph. Few people are aware that you will also find in Ardèche a part of the label Condrieu, favorite soil of the Viognier, a complex and classy grape variety. To complete this array of flavors from Ardèche you have the labels Saint Péray, Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Vivarais and of course the IGP of his estate.
Waiting to his vineyard produce grapes, François Tissot started aside a negociant activity.
He makes and ages grapes and wines from neighbors and produces all Ardèche richness in a wide range of wines called les Sept Pierres.
His moto stays FINESSE and ELEGANCE.
This project is a family adventure since his wife Marie, painter and musician takes care with passion of the Bed & Breakfast she had designed and decorated.
The wines are made following the tradition of the region which use the barrel non for having any taste of wood but for letting the wines developing more the specific typicity it can take from the microclimate it is planted on.
Ardèche presents so many appellations and faces and that is what François Tissot wants to show in his wines.
– Coteau de l’Ardèche Rouge 90 % Syrah – 10 % Grenache, vinification for 20% in oak barrel and 6 months aged in barrel
– Coteau de l’Ardèche Blanc 40 % Chardonnay – 30 % Grenache Blanc – 30 % Marsanne, vinification and aging in barrel for 6 months.
– Saint Joseph 100 % Syrah planted on soft gneiss and granit hills, 10 to 15 months aged in barrel
– Cornas 100 % Syrah planted on decomposed Granit/ sandy arena on high terraces with peddles collapsing into angular scree of limestone soils. 15 to 18 months aged in barrel.
– Condrieu 100 % Viognier planted on decomposed granites from the primary age that can strongly accumulated heat and thereby contributing to a good maturation of the Viognier. Aged 9 to 10 month in barrel