The husband and wife team of Eric and Sylvie Latham owns Domaine Saint-Esteve. They bought the 250-acre vineyard in 1984, which is located in the Corbieres region of France's Languedoc. Back then, Corbieres land was affordable because few realized its potential. The Lathams are part of that potential becoming a reality.
Because Corbieres is just south of the Rhone Valley, it is planted with many of the same grapes, those being Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan and Syrah. The area could produce wines as good as the Rh?ne, except that winemakers in the area hadn't tried hard enough. Once a few like the Lathams did, the results were astounding. Wines were coming out of Corbieres that tasted like Rh?ne, but at a fraction of the price.
One wonders what their property is worth today and what they'd have to pay if they were buying it now. Fortunately, all we have to do is enjoy it!
This selection could easily be confused for, or maybe even complimented as, a $50.00 Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The aromas, flavors, richness and complexity are all in line with one of France's greatest reds. And the best part is that our selection is a fraction of the cost of that famous bottle.
At first you are greeted with the scent and character of old-vine Grenache that seems to spread lovely spice, sweet/tart cherry and saddle leather throughout the room. The bright fruit components and stunning finish holds you breathless until, of course, the next sip.