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Sylvain Bock

Sylvain Bock founded his estate in 2010, and one can’t say that the man wasn’t prepared. He’d been mulling over the idea for 10 years already, working in wineries around the world. Yves Cuilleron, Pierre Gaillard, Francois Villard, Jean-Michel Stephan, Gérald Oustric... He even spent time in Bordeaux and New-Zealand, before ending up as the vineyard manager of the viticultural school of Aubenas in the Rhône valley... 10 years of service to others before realising his dream: having his own vines! He first acquired 3 hectares in Alba-la-Romaine, formerly cultivated by the great Ardèche winemaker Gérald Oustric, then an additional hectare in Valvignères, and finally in 2013, 2.5 hectares also in Alba-la-Romaine, but on basalt soils (his 4 other hectares are primarily limestone). Grapes are picked by hand, using little crates, the vinification is natural, frequently using carbonic maceration, thus very drinkable, thirst quenching wines, uncomplicated in style (less punk than the wines of Andrea Calek or Gérald Oustric for example), and since 2012, ZERO sulphur added, even at bottling.
Sylvain Bock

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