The 2015 vintage in the Rh?ne was absolutely spectacular. As soon as this wine was put on the market, it was snapped up by some of the great hotel restaurants in Paris, such as Le Crillon, Le Ritz and Le Royal Monceau.
Our selection comes from Domaine des Espiers' five hectares of vines in Violes, near Gigondas, in the C?tes du Rh?ne appellation. The vineyard is planted on flat, stony clay-limestone soils and benefits from the Mediterranean climate and Mistral winds. This wine is produced by using a mixture of grapes from vines that are both 60 years old and 20 years old.Grapes are always harvested by hand.
Just 30% of the grapes were destemmed, given a short pre-ferment cold soak to release perfume and soften tannins, then fermented warm at 31?C in concrete tanks using wild yeasts and no added sulphur. The wine was matured for 6 months in concrete tanks, then very lightly filtered and bottled unfined.
We love C?tes du Rh?ne red wines for their generous flavors,. This is a full-bodied red without harsh tannins, and pairs as well with grilled foods as it does with spicier Asian and vegetarian fare. In the Rh?ne Valley, meals start with pates featuring ham, goose and game, and sausages are almost always a feature.
This is a classic C?tes du Rh?ne blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 15% Mourv?dre. The nose shimmers with toasty, fresh black berry and cherry fruits and herbs, while the palate charms with its supple, silky texture and cool, yet intense fruit. Outstanding!