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Domaine de Longue Toque

Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu

Appellation d'origine protégée

Of the 28 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.

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2016
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After a mild and dry winter, a spring without frost and a particularly hot summer, harvesting began several days later than 2015, with picking taking place between early to late September. During the harvest, weather conditions were truly exceptional, with warm clear days,  fresh nights and some occasional light rainfall, stretching from early September all the way until the end of October. The sanitary state of the grapes throughout the region was excellent. So, this year again, the 2016 vintage is very qualitative particularly for southern appellations.

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Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu
Vintage
2016

Grape Varieties: 

50% Grenache - 50% Syrah 

Terroir: 

The vines lie between the villages of Travaillan and Camaret sur Aigues, on the vast alluvial terrace created by the Ouvèze, a once powerful sub-Alpine river.
This terrace is an accumulation of large round stones and limestone gravels, with a sprinkling of flint.  Sand and clay form the matrix of these larger elements. This layer can reach up to 25 or 30 meters deep along the ancient riverbed.. Subsequently, important climatic upheavals altered the surface of this terrace,  breaking down the limestone, developing ferous oxides and the apparition of more recent claybeds, which provide the Plan de Dieu with its characteristic red-brown hue.

Winemaking: 

Havest the 9th September 2016. Fermentation on indigenous yeasts. Light pumping over to favour smooth tannin extraction. 22-day maceration followed by pressing with reincorporation of press juice to the free-run wine for this vintage.

Bottled at the estate on September 7th 2017 - 7 888 bottles and 275 magnums produced.

Tasting notes: 

Aromas of black fruits, spices (black pepper) and licorice. Beautiful freshness. Nice balance in the mouth with very silky tannins and a liquorice finish. (Tasting April 2018)

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Serve at 16-18°C, ideally decante 2 to 3 hours before tasting.

Optimum maturity: 2018 - 2024

ABV: 13%

 

Grilled Aubrac beef rib
Saddle of lamb confit in the oven

Age of vines & yield: 

11 years - 26hl/ha

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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