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Côtes du Rhône

Appellation d'origine protégée

The Grenache and Syrah grapes selected for this cuvée are vinified separetely to preserve their characteristics.

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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 the grape varieties being picked late August/ early 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.

Rewards

87   The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker

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Côtes du Rhône
Vintage
2016

Grape Varieties: 

This Côtes du Rhône is a blend of Grenache and Syrah grapes from clayey limestone soils from the north of Vaucluse and Gard. With a Southern French climate renowned for its contrasts, the vineyard endures the summer heat and Mistral wind.

Winemaking: 

Each grape variety is vinified individually. The vatting is during 3 or 4 weeks according to grape variety. The wine is racked off and undergoes malolactic fermentation. Different grape varieties are blended. The ageing in vats lasts for 6 months before bottling.

Tasting notes: 

Crimson robe with purple nuances. The nose is seductive with aromas of black fruits (blackcurrant, blueberry, raspberry) and hints of "garrigue" (thyme and rosemary). The palate is elegant, round with a spicy finish.

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

For everyday meals with grilled and BBQed meats and strong cheese. Enjoy it now or cellar for up to 5 years.

Born during the 3rd century in Spain, Saint Vincent has been considered as the patron saint of winegrowers ever since the Frankish King Childebert brought back his tunic from Saragossa, the Spanish town of which he was Deacon. Several reasons can explain this choice, the simplest being the presence of the French word for wine (‘vin’) in his name. And given that Vincent means ‘triumphant’ in Latin, the choice of this name for our wine needs no further explanation!

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