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Producer: Domaine la Haute MaroneGrape Varieties: Grenache, Syrah, MouvèrdreOptimum Drinking: Within 6 yearsWine Style: A full, rich and intense redAlcohol by Volume: 14.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
GrapesGrenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.
Tasting NoteIntense aromas of ripe raspberries and black cherries, then a wisp of smoke creeps in along with some hints of grilled cocoa beans. Before the wine hitsthe palate, you know that you’re in for an explosion of flavours! Deep and intense, this wine slowly reveals its secrets - black cherries, dark chocolate, ahint of clove and nutmeg - hugely rich and enveloping but with elegance.
Producer DetailsThis wine is made by Paul Boutinot whose love affair with the southern Rhône is both enduring and unswerving. They believe that they can make great wine there, and for this reason, they have bought their first vineyard in France, here in the southern Rhône – in the village of Cairanne. Ten years ago they first glimpsed the potentialof the vineyards of Cairanne when they released their 2000 vintage of La Côte Sauvage. Now they have several plots of old vines and they can begin to realise their dream of making even better wine. Over the past decade or so they have built enviable relationships with a network of local growers and they will of course continue to source grapes and wine from this trove of prized vineyards for their range of Rhône wines.
In The VineyardGrenache, Syrah and Mouvèrdre vines grow on two steeply terraced plots of limestone, granite and schist. Herbs grow among the vines, and behind thisscenic vineyard is the Dentelles de Montmirail (affectionately known as 'lace mountain' due to the series of ruggedly curved peaks at the top).
In The WineryThis rich and complex wine is made by traditional vinification. 50% of the wine has been barrel aged for 14 months in barrels of 2 and 3 years, just to giveanother layer to the wine and a touch of vanilla pod.
Food RecommendationsIdeal with a good daube Provincal or game dishes. Also a treat with hard cheeses particularly farmhouse cheddar.
Awards & Press2009 Vintage: IWSC 2011 - Bronze2 Stars, Les Guide Hachette du Vin, 2008.
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