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A Word on Terroir and Granite

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A Word on Terroir and Granite


Difference between organic and chemically farmed? It’s easy to guess which one is Marc Ollivier’s

Considering some of my wine hotspots are Alsace, northern Rhône, Sierra Foothills, Beaujolais and western Loire, I see that I’m more than just a little fond of granite’s effect on a vine. But why? What is it about a soil with a granitic profile exactly. The myth goes on that you can taste the soil in the grape, but is that actually the case? In search of the answers I went to talk to another granite lover, David Lillie, co-owner of the iconic Tribeca store, Chambers Street Wines.