Of the 27 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.
Caught between the Aygue River to the North and the Ouvèze River to the South, the soil has a deep alluvial and silty structure, while the surface is covered with large, round stones formed by glacial melt. This terroir produces generous & powerful wines.
Delicate pumping-over during brief pre-fermentation soak. 4 “délestages” (rack-andreturn) during the active fermentation period, followed by a single racking each day. 24-day post-fermentation soak. Separation of the free-run and pressed wine, malolactic fermentation followed by partial blending back of the press wine. The Syrah spent 6 months in barrel (mix 2 and 3-year barrels) and then blended with the vat-aged Grenache.
Bottled on the 11 July 2013. 6500 bottles produced.
Bottled at the Domaine on July 11th 2013.
Production: 6.500 bottles.
Dark purple hue. A powerful nose of black cherries and earth. The mouth is bright and firm with dark fruit flavours and ripe tannins typical of this AOP. A well-balanced and succesful vintage.
Serve cool - 16 to 18°C (60°to 65°F)
Daube provençale (beef stew with herbs)
Roasted lamb with rosemary
Roasted woodcok with Porcini
Optimum maturity: 2016 - 2018
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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