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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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2014
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After a somewhat damp and wet winter, Spring was particularly dry and warm. The vegetative cycle took a leap forward, hinting at a potentially early harvest. Then Summer arrived with quite a lot of rain and cool temperatures, slowing down the ripening process. Finally, an Indian Summer set in around the end of August/beginning of September, allowing the maturities to progress while maintaining very good acidity.

Harvest took place between the 12th September and 5th October.

Rewards

88/100    Robert Parker - Wine Advocate

15/20     Jancis Robinson

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Côtes du Rhône Villages
Vintage
2014

Grape Varieties: 

69% Grenache

21% Syrah

10% Mourvèdre

Terroir: 

A selection of terroirs from the Gard and the Vaucluse:

Gard – rolled stones and clay sub-soil for the Grenaches with no water stress

Vaucluse – limestone and sandstone provide a fresh spicyness to the Syrah and exposed clay soils for the Mourvèdre

Winemaking: 

Partial destemming and crushing upon arrival at the winery. 3-week maceration with punch-downs and pumping over. 70% of the blend spends 12 months in 275lt oak Laurus barrels (1 and 2-year barrels).

Production:  46 000 bottles

Bottling date:  1 June 2016

Tasting notes: 

Rich red robe with violet hints. Nose of blackcurrant and tobacco. The palate is dense and structured with white pepper, blackcurrant and a touch of dark chocolate. (Tasted May 2016)

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Service temperature :  14° to 16°C

 

Sun-dried tomatoe tart

 

Alc. By vol. :  14%

Optimum maturity: 2017 – 2023

Age of vines & yield: 

Average 50 years of age with some 90-year-old Grenache – 32hl/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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