From the very same Gigondas producer we featured during the summer who brought us the “Les Mourres“…. now the organically farmed fruit is sourced in village of Rasteau from the Roux family’s 13 hectares of vines grouped at “Ratanaud” at the top of the hill that shares the valley of the Aygues and Ouvèze. These old vines planted in the brown marls, covered with pebbles, enjoy the summer of cooler nights due to the altitude (+ 360m). This is a no holds barred, wild ride of a Rasteau.
The old vine stocks are manually harvested at full maturity. The fruit is fermented separately and undergoes a long maceration of more than 30 days in temperature controlled tanks. Aging is in concrete vats for 60%, while the remainder rests in French oak barrels. Then the wine is assembled before bottling. 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault.
This wine has a pretty purple color, a beautiful intensity. Alluring fragrances of vanillin, black raspberry and red cherry, briary cinnamon spices, and mocha. The palate is full-bodied, lush, ripe and round, with melted tannins and a good length of ripe fruit on the lingering finish. Fresh acidity keeps everything is check and balance. Great with BBQ ribs, brisket and dark meat poultry.