The oldest vines at Château du Mourre du Tendre is a Grenache vineyard planted in 1925 on gravelly clay soils in the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation. These vines were supplemented in 1969 with the addition of Mourvèdre, bringing the site’s total size to 7 hectares. This is the source of the estate’s Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Vieilles Vignes cuvée. It is darker, earthier, and more somber than the regular Côtes-du-Rhône, undoubtedly due to the Mourvèdre. Still, it retains the intensity and charming rusticity that is the hallmark of this estate. Like its siblings, it is fermented whole-cluster with indigenous yeasts and aged for three years before release.