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Gabriel Meffre

Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu

Appellation d'origine protégée

This particular terroir of round pebbles and alluvial terraces gives birth to a generous and spicy wine, typical of the Grenache grape variety. A pure pleasure with small game or ripened cheese

Plan de dieu
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2017
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The 2017 vintage is one of the most promissing of the past few years with wines that are particularly elegant and harmonious, with superb, concentrated aromas and a solid ageing potential. The weather conditions during the growing season were difficult and extreme, resulting in a challenging task at harvest time. The high temperatures and almost total lack of rainfall since Springtime brought the harvest date forward by almost 10 days in many regions. Although these extreme conditions impacted heavily on the size of the harvest, with one of the smallest in the last 60 years, the quality is exceptional.

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"COMMENDED"   DWWA - Decanter 2018

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Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu
Vintage
2017

Grape Varieties: 

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes grown on large alluvial terraces (plateau des Garrigues). The subsoil is a combination of blue clay, sandstone and cobalt.

Winemaking: 

The grapes are meticulously sorted, crushed and destemmed before fermentation which lasts for 3 to 5 weeks. The wine is then racked off before undergoing malolactic fermentation and spending up to 6 months in vat before bottling.

 

Specific to this 2017 vintage : the high temperatures during the harvest required special attention during the winemaking. Indeed, the challenge of our team was to maintain cool enough temperatures in order to preserve the aromatic potential and the freshness of the wine.

Tasting notes: 

This lush red wine reveals expressive aromas of spices and cherry. The palate is elegant and well-balanced supported by a velvety structure.

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

The Plan de Dieu is an ideal companion to cold cuts, gnocchis with olives, sautéed asparagus with smoked bacon and chicken breast with aromatic herbs. Enjoy it at a temperature between 16 and 18°C, now or up to 5/6 years of age.

Saint Mappalicus is the saint patron of a town called Jonquières, situated at the heart of the Plan de Dieu appellation.

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