100% Grenache. This prodigious wine hails from a tiny parcel of gnarled old vines and is doled out in miniscule quantities. Dense rather than fat, it is a backward beast that will unfold for years if not decades. Aged 36 months in used barrique. 1200 bottles produced.
VINEYARD: Situated in Sainte-Cécile-Les-Vignes, Domaine Rouge-Bleu follows biodynamic principles on all of its 8.5ha, of which half rest in the Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation. Our low yields are the natural outcome of old, deep-rooted vines that sit on a stony soil of ancient riverbed and garrigue. Coupled with the Mediterranean climate of long, hot, dry summers and the rot-inhibiting Mistral wind, our vineyard is the perfect environment for berry maturation, giving a pure expression of terroir.
VINIFICATION: The grapes are hand-harvested into small containers, then crushed but not destemmed. Wild yeast fermentation and maceration for 4 weeks in open barrels (600L demi muid). The mature stems have been kept in order to naturally aerate the must during fermentation, allowing us to bring different nuances of tannin and acidity to the wine. Malolactic fermentation and maturation in aged French oak demi-muid for 30 months. Hand bottled at the Domaine by gravity and without filtration. Minimal sulphite addition.
WINE AND FOOD MATCHING: After decanting, enjoy this fine wine with wild boar ragout, braised venison, slow roasted lamb, mature cheeses or rich chocolate desserts.