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Domaine de Longue Toque

Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu

Appellation d'origine protégée

Of the 27 ha. of the Domaine de Longue Toque, 2 ha. are in the AOP Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu. On this plateau, situated between Orange, Violès and Camaret, the vineyards are spread out on an alluvial terrace dating from the “Quaternary” period (recent to 2.6 million years ago), composed of clay and limestone pebbles. Grenache and Syrah grapes planted in this terroir produce rich and spicy wines.

Plan de dieu
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2013
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A cool and rainy Spring delayed and stretched out the flowering period. A hot summer followed by regular stormy episodes in September allowed to catch up for lost time but resulted in one of the latest harvests on record. The difficult Spring conditions resulted in widespread «shatter», when flowers abort before pollination, which affected almost exclusively the Grenache variety. This resulted in low crop yields and required careful attention to ensure harvesting at the optimum time. Harvesting started only on the 8th of October. Yields : 20hl/ha

Rewards

14/20   Bettane & Desseauve guide

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Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu
Vintage
2013

Grape Varieties: 

  • 60% Grenache
  • 40% Syrah

Terroir: 

Caught between the Aygue River to the North and the Ouvèze River to the South, the soil has a deep alluvial and silty structure, while the surface is covered with large, round stones formed by glacial melt. This terroir produces generous & powerful wines.

Winemaking: 

Delicate pumping-over during brief pre-fermentation soak. 4 “délestages” (rack-andreturn) during the active fermentation period, followed by a single racking each day. 24-day post-fermentation soak. Separation of the free-run and pressed wine, malolactic fermentation followed by partial blending back of the press wine. The Syrah spent 6 months in barrel (mix 2 and 3-year barrels) and then blended with the vat-aged Grenache.
Bottled at the Domaine on the May 23rd 2014.

5270 bottles produced.

Tasting notes: 

Deep and dark purple hue. A powerful nose of garrigue aromas. The mouth is rich and
smooth with firm tannins that will soften over 2 to 3 years. Fresh finish.

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Serve cool - 16 to 18°C (60°to 65°F), ideally decanted 2 to 3 hours before.
Grilled steak with «herbes de Provence»
Roast pigeon with root vegetables
Optimum maturity : 2015 - 2020

A terroir of round pebbles, very close to that of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which started again to produce wines thanks to the work and efforts of Mr Gabriel Meffre in the 50s.

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