“Simon Tyrrell and Charles Derain produce elegant wines showing both the power and finesse of the Southern Rhône.”
The soils in the Rhone Valley are the result of a geological collision between the Massif Central and the Alps, creating the valley. This region can be split into two sub-regions, Northern and Southern Rhône. Successive layers of fluvial and calcareous marine sediments formed reliefs and geological diversities in the Southern Rhône. The valley’s soils consists nowadays of four different types of rock: granite, sandy silica, limestone and clay. Here the bedrock plays a major role by allowing different access to water and nutrients depending on the soils compositions.
A Passionate Lineage
Les Deux Cols is a small estate created in 2012 by two friends, Charles Derain and Simon Tyrrell with the aim being to make the type of wines that reflect their passion for balance elegance and freshness, while also expressing the power of the South. The grapes are hand harvested, as is almost all the work in the vineyard. They focus on producing only three different wines, A white wine based on Roussane, a classic Southern Rhône blend, and a single varietal wine using the famous grape of the Northern Rhône - Syrah. The Syrah comes from the coolest part of the vineyard and is grown organically whilst the remainder of the vineyard areas are farmed with minimal intervention in mind.