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Côtes du Rhône Villages

Appellation d'origine protégée

The Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation was officially created on the 25th August 1967. The Côtes du Rhône Villages Laurus is grown on complementary terroirs made of alluvial terraces, stony clay and limestone soils. This diversity achieves a fine balance between structure and fruitiness.

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2012
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A dry and cold winter with many days of Mistral wind which left the vines healthy and disease-free. Followed a very wet Spring which pushed back the flowering by 2 weeks. The summer months were hot allowing for an excellent concentration of the grapes. The harvest began on the 8th September, under warm, sunny conditions.

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Côtes du Rhône Villages
Vintage
2012

Grape Varieties: 

  • 60% Grenache
  • 30% Syrah
  • 10% Mourvèdre

Terroir: 

Quaternary alluvial terraces of the Rhône and stony clay and limestone soils. Mainly southerly aspect, with vines planted at an altitude of up to 200 m.

Winemaking: 

Grapes are partially de-stemmed and crushed as soon as they arrived in the cellar. A 20-day maceration with punch-downs and pump-overs. Part of the blend is aged 12 months in 275-litre Laurus oak barrels.

Production: 19,800 bottles
Bottled on: 11 June 2014

Tasting notes: 

A rich garnet red colour. Quite concentrated nose of spicy dark fruit (plum, dark cherry, cardamon) and a warm, imposing mouth-feel confirming the richness of the vintage.

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

16-18°C

Daube provençale (stew)
Stuffed peppers
Shoulder of lamb with tomato

Optimum maturity: 2014-2019

Age of vines & yield: 

55 years on average & Grenaches over 90 years of age – 34 hl/ha

During the 17th century, "La Coste du Rhône" was the name of an administrative district in Viguerie d'Uzès (in the Gard), the wines of which were famous. The appellation was created in 1967 and extends to 95 villages.

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