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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.

couleur
2017
Elegant and harmonic
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2017 is a promissing vintage 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.

 

Rewards
88-91/100 - Robert Parker Wine Advocate
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Côtes du Rhône Villages
Vintage
2017

Grape Varieties: 

60% Grenache - 35% Syrah - 5% Mourvedre

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 8th September and 20th October 2017. Partial destemming and crushing upon arrival at the winery. 3 weeks of maceration with punch-downs and pumping over. 60% of the wine is aged in 275lt-oak Laurus barrels for 15 months (1 & 2-year barrels).
Bottled on 3rd Oct. 2019.
34 919 bottles, 336 magnums, 23 jeroboams, 3 mathusalems and 10 balthazars produced.
Vegan Friendly.

Tasting notes: 

"It offers some resiny garrigue notes of rosemary and pine but also lovely cherry and blueberry fruit. It's medium to full-bodied but silky and agile, with an elegant finish."  Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, November 2018  

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Optimum maturity: 2018 – 2024
Service temperature: 13-15°C
Alc. By Vol.: 14%
 
Beef with satay sauce
Crushed potatoes with truffles

Age of vines & yield: 

 50 years on average with some Grenaches of 90 years old - 35hl/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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