Marked by the strong richness of this 2016 vintage, this wine is immediately charming and voluptuous with a meaty mouth full of smooth, round tannins that stretch out into a long and flavoursome finish.
- Parker 90-92/100
- Vintage : Bouquet des Garrigues
- Year : 2016
- Appellation : Côtes du Rhône
- Colour : Red
- Grape types : 85 % Grenache, 10 % Syrah, 5 % Mourvèdre et Carignan
- Soil : rounded pebbles on clayey soils
- Harvest : manual
- Type of viticulture : organic
- Contenance : 75cl
- Appearance : bright red
- Nose : soft spices, cherry liqueur
- Mouth : elegant, round and fruity
- Serving temperature : 16°C
- Cellaring : 5 to 7 years
- Drink from : 2018
- Winemaking process : in casks
- Maturation : 14 months in large casks
- Food-matching : rack of lamb stuffed with thyme
ParkerRated wine : 90-92/100
A large part of this 53-hectare estate - divided into 44 ha for Côtes du Rhône and 9 for Châteauneuf - was planted in the 1950s. The combination of old vines and magnificent terroirs helps to maintain a solid reputation.
The Rhône Valley takes its name from the river that winds through the winemaking region over almost 200 km and is made up of two distinct parts: the northern Côtes du Rhône and southern Côtes du Rhône. The grape varieties, winemaking methods, and soil types but also the climates are relatively different. The region is the second biggest producer of AOC wine after the Bordeaux wine region.
The southern Rhône vineyards stretch from Montélimar to Avignon over the departments of the Drôme, Ardèche, Vaucluse and the Gard. They are located on both sides of the Rhône from Donzère to the confluence with the Durance, on slopes and plateaux that vary in altitude. They produce a broad range of wines, from the simplest to the most complex, but always generous. There are 15 different AOC areas, including Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vacqueyras, Gigondas, Lirac, Tavel, Rasteau, Ventoux, Lubéron and of course all the Côtes du Rhône Villages (95 villages).
The climate is of mediterranean type and very dry, marked by the Mistral wind. This climate is however slightly different and wetter for the vineyards near to the mountain chains (Mont Ventoux, Dentelles de Montmirail, etc.).
The soils of the left bank are mainly made up of sands and calcareous sandstone whilst those of the right bank are chiefly comprised of sand and sandstone molasses, alluviums and shingle.
A wide variety of grape varieties are grown with a majority of grenache supplemented by syrah, mourvèdre, cinsault or carignan for red wines and grenache blanc, clairette and bourboulenc for white wines.
The most recent vintages
- 2011: an abundant and heterogeneous harvest of supple wines to be enjoyed at their fruitiest.
- 2012: an excellent vintage with wines that are mature and fleshy but palatable thanks to their fine freshness and moderate alcohol content.
- 2013: this is another vintage with welcome freshness and lesser alcohol content. These wines are not very tannic and should be enjoyed young whilst still delectable.
- 2014: in the North and in the South, a cool summer and a stormy September have created supple and charming red wines and very drinkable whites thanks to a fine acidity. Limited racking potential.