The majestic Le Plateau vineyard is Julien’s largest parcel and it is the source for his Gigondas Réserve, the Mourvèdre-based Le Plâteau, and its Syrah-based sibling, Les Roches. Les Roches is old-vine Syrah from the eastern edge of this vineyard site. These vines of Syrah are shaded for most of the day by the bordering forest and limestone peaks that form its southern border, resulting in vines that ripen unusually late for Syrah in the Southern Rhône. Yields average only 12hl/ha. and only around 200 cases are made in a typical vintage.