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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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2016
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After a mild and dry winter, a spring without frost and a particularly hot summer, harvesting began several days later than 2015, with picking taking place between early to late September. During the harvest, weather conditions were truly exceptional, with warm clear days,  fresh nights and some occasional light rainfall, stretching from early September all the way until the end of October. The sanitary state of the grapes throughout the region was excellent. So, this year again, the 2016 vintage is very qualitative particularly for southern appellations.

Rewards

90 pts   Robert Parker - Wine Advocate

91 pts   Wine Spectator

BRONZE   DWWA

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Côtes du Rhône Villages
Vintage
2016

Grape Varieties: 

65% Grenache - 30% Syrah - 5% Mourvèdre

Terroir: 

A selection of terroirs from the Gard and Vaucluse departments:

- Gard: rolled stones and clay sub-soil for the Grenaches that mature gently with no hydric stress

- Vaucluse: limetone and sandstone that provide a fresh spicyness to the Syrah. South-exposed clay soils for the Grenache

Winemaking: 

Harvest between 12th September and 20th October 2016. Partial destemming and crushing upon arrival at the winery. 3 weeks of maceration with punch-downs and pumping over.
80% of the wine is aged in 275lt-oak Laurus barrels for 15 months (1 & 2-year barrels).

Bottled on the 27th September 2018

42 164 bottles, 457 magnums and 6 jeroboams produced

Tasting notes: 

"Ripe and fleshy, but soft and gentle in feel, with warm plum and raspberry compote notes gliding through, lined with black tea and incense accents that blossom and linger on the finish." Wine Spectator, March 2019

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Optimum maturity: 2017 – 2023

Service temperature: 14-16°C

Alc. By Vol.: 14.5%

 

Beef with satay sauce
Crushed potatoes with truffles

Age of vines & yield: 

50 years (average) with some old Grenaches (90 years) - 42hl/ha

During the 17th Century, the "Coste du Rhone" 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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