A classic bistro wine. Medium bodied, with fine fruit, good acidity and ultra-fine tannin. Goes with most foods, except for a bloody steak or the lightest fish.
|Wine Advocate 87 points:
Slightly better, with more depth and length, the 2011 Cotes du Rhone (65% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre and other permitted varieties) exhibits attractive olive, licorice and plum nuances in a medium-bodied, nicely fruited and balanced package. It too is geared for near term drinking.
|Wine maker notes
|Grenache (65%), Syrah (20%), Mourvèdre (10%), some others with Carignan (5%).
|Long and traditional maceration: 2 weeks with Grenache and 3 weeks with Syrah and Mourvèdre. A lot of "délestage" at the beginning of fermentation. Fermentation with Indigenous yeast.
Controlled temperature for maceration at 30°C.
100% malolactic fermentation.
Aged on lees 70% in tanks and 30% in large barrels (foudres).
Natural clarification and stabilization by settling and one filtration (Cross Flow). Unfined.
Maturation in bottle: at least 3 months before shipment.