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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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2013
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The cold and wet spring resulted in late, slow flowering. Significant sag on Grenache. The hot summer followed by storms in September helped to reboot the maturing process. Vigilance was at its peak until the harvests, which count among the latest in recent years. The harvest began on the 15th September.

Rewards
89/100     Wine Spectator
13.5/20     Guide Bettane & Desseauve
BRONZE  Decanter
90/100     Natalie Maclean (CA)
89/100     National Post (CA)
4 stars      Rod Phillips on wine (CA)
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Côtes du Rhône Villages
Vintage
2013

Grape Varieties: 

  • 77% Grenache
  • 18% Syrah
  • 5% Mourvèdre

Terroir: 

Plots selected from complementary terroirs to achieve a fine balance between structure and fruitiness: 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 were partially de-stemmed and crushed as soon as they arrived in the cellar. A 20-day maceration with punch-downs and pump-overs. 49% of the blend is aged 15 months in 275-litre Laurus oak barrels.
 
Production: 38,816 bottles
Bottled on: 14 April 2015

Tasting notes: 

Deep dark colour with purple hints. Aromas of black fruit and spices on the nose. Lively and spirited palate with notes of black fruits. The finish is long and full (June 2015).

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

14-16°C

Lamb chops with “Herbes de Provence”
Roast woodcock and wild mushrooms
Roasted duck breast

Optimum maturity: 2016-2024
ABV: 15%

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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