If the flattering nose suggests aromas of red fruits typical of young Rhone wines, the attack on the palate is supple and full. A brilliant Grenache led organic CdR from a small, independent producer.
I love this wine - small, family producer; organic; grenache-led with the wine comprising 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. This is in contrast to the many Syrah led Cotes du Rhones, with this wine offering a point of difference and interest.
The Domaine Philippe Plantevin family farm has thirty-six hectares in production spread over four municipalities: Cairanne, Sainte-Cécile-Les-Vignes, Visan and Travaillan. Thanks to this palette of terroirs, combined with the diversity of grape varieties (Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre for reds and rosé, and Viognier, Marsanne, Bourboulenc as well as Grenache blanc for whites), we produce very typical wines from Côtes du Rhône appellation.
The soils making up the vintages are mainly clay-limestone of the “garrigues” type, or light clay-loam. The vines are trellised to allow maximum sunshine of the grape clusters during spring and summer. The soils are also plowed and maintained mechanically without chemical weedkiller. As such, the Estate has been Organic Farming Certified AB since 2014.
Harvesting is followed by selective sorting on the plot. The vinification is said to be traditional, with destemming, crushing and vatting varying from 10 to 30 days. During this period, the winemaking is punctuated daily by pumping over or shedding, in order to gently extract the components of the grape,.