Côtes du Rhône, Domaine des Carabiniers

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Domaine des Carabiniers, Côtes du Rhône 2019

Perfumed damson fruit, spicy and textured on the palate. Lovely ripe Rhône style redolent of the garrigue of Southern France.

Producer Note:

The domain covers 40 hectares in the Tavel, Lirac and Cotes du Rhône appellations and the vineyards have been certified organic since 2000 and biodynamic since 2011. Owned by the Leperchois family, who are keen devotees to the biodynamic philosophy, the domain derives its name from its role as a coaching inn and the original cellars were developed in the old stables.

Vintage:

2018 was a very good vintage in the Southern Rhône Valley. High rainfall in springtime required vigilance in the vineyard, but the hot, sunny weather during the summer months enabled the grapes to reach good maturity levels and at harvest the vines were in excellent health. The yield was lower than usual, but the grapes delivered high levels of colour and flavour concentration.

Vineyard:

Domaine des Carabiniers is certified organic and biodynamic by Ecocert and Demeter. The vines are grown in Pliocene sand and are surrounded by heat reflecting pebbles. During the vine’s dormant period, composted grape pomace is ploughed in to improve the soil. Vigorous pruning takes place to select the fruiting canes. Protection of the vines is paramount and the vines are closely monitored on a daily basis, taking into account the weather patterns, in order to reduce the risk of mildew. The vines are green harvested to concentrate the flavours in the remaining berries and the harvest takes place once the grapes have reached the optimum level of maturity.

Winemaking:

The grapes were harvested at night to retain the freshness, protect the aromas, prevent oxidation and avoid the use of sulphur. The cellars then turned into a sparkling clean, bustling scene of activity in which the harvest’s “wild” or natural yeasts were left to develop and spontaneously start the fermentation. The temperature during fermentation was maintained at 28°C for three weeks with regular pump-overs to encourage the maximum development of the fruit aromas. Traditional methods were used throughout to foster the fruit aromas and the outstanding terroir from which the grapes originate.

Tasting Note:

Deep crimson in colour, this harmonious blend shows delicate notes of violets and liquorice enveloped in nose full of vibrant red fruits. A powerful wine with beautiful structure and balance, through to a velvety smooth texture on the long finish.

Grape:

Grenache Noir 45%, Syrah 30%, Mourvèdre 15%, Cinsault 10%

Bottle/Case

Bottle, Case

Sub Region

Côtes du Rhône

ABV

14.0

Region

Rhône

Country

France

Red Wine Grape

Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah

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