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Producer: Domaine Combe JuliereGrape Varieties: Grenache 80%, Carignan 10%, Mourvèdre 10%Optimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Opulent concentrated fruity redAlcohol by Volume: 14.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
An opulent and dense wine with deep black fruits and notes of southern French garrigue through to a textured and powerful finish.
A family owned estate which is considered to be among the top three producers in Rasteau in the southern Rhône. Owner and winemaker Robert Laurent produces a handful of stunning wines from old vine Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan from his 40 hectares of vineyards. Certified by Agrocert, the vineyards are cultivated sustainably, with the utmost respect for the environment and without the use of chemicals. Beautifully hand crafted, these opulent wines impeccably showcase the terroir of Rasteau.
2016 has been hailed as one of the great vintages for reds. Warm conditions throughout the growing cycle produced small, concentrated berries, with lower yields. Bud break, flowering and véraison all occurred under warm conditions. September saw the warm days continue with cooler nights, producing beautifully balanced wines with great concentration in colour, flavour and tannins. A classic Rhône vintage.
The vineyard is situated in the Rasteau appellation on hillside slopes which offer good drainage and sun exposure. The soil layers are complex due to its various origins. Brown clay, which comprises sediment from the Alps from the miocène period, and grey clay, which is made up of sediment from algae, overlap here at root level imparting extra complexity to the wine. The sunny weather and strong northern wind, known as the Mistral, keep the vines dry and healthy. The vines have an average age of 70 years and are cultivated according to sustainable methods. The vineyard is certified by AGROCERT and the grapes are manually harvested.
Classical vinification techniques were used. The grapes were carefully sorted and de-stemmed before undergoing a pre-fermentation maceration. A long, slow fermentation took place in vats lasting for 30 days, encouraging good extraction of colour, flavour and structure. The wine was made in an unoaked style in order to fully express the terroir.
An opulent wine with a depth of concentrated black fruit. The tannins are present but enjoyable as they are polished and integrated. Black fruits on the nose are echoed on the palate with a touch of liquorice and spice through to a long, silky finish.
Perfect with game served in a red fruit sauce; steak or strong cheese.
Grenache 80%, Carignan 10%, Mourvèdre 10%
91 Pts, Decanter , 2018
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