Domaine la Remejeanne Les Chevrefeuilles Cotes du Rhone 2016 Importer Notes
La Remejeanne is Certified organic. This blend comes from hillside vines with an average altitude of 250 metres, grown on loess/limestone soils, and holding both south and east expositions. A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignan, as well as some Marselan (from some old vines of a rarely seen hybrid that Olivier Klein likes for the acidity it brings to the blend), this is perhaps the spiciest of the Réméjeanne wines we ship.
The grapes are sorted and mostly destemmed before a natural ferment in concrete tank. The Carignan grapes are however fermented carbonic style. There is no sulphur used during the vinification, and the wine then spends a year in tank prior to bottling (unfined).
La Remejeanne Les Chevrefeuilles is a lovely wine of great finesse that offers complex aromas and flavours of mulberry, raspberry, licorice and musk along with hints of violets, thyme, bay leaf and white pepper. There’s a beautifully silky texture leading to a super spicy, bright and refreshing close that scents the mouth after swallowing. There’s also some fine powdery tannins (typical of the limestone-rich soils of Sabran).
As always with La Remejeanne, this handcrafted, character-filled wine is a world away from your generic, mass-volume Côtes du Rhône. It offers terrific class and bang for the money. Enjoy.
Domaine la Remejeanne Les Chevrefeuilles Cotes du Rhone 2016, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Domaine la Remejeanne is 35 hectares of vines with some olive and fig trees. Domaine La Remejeane is a family-run estate that started in 1960. Situated in the Cotes du Rhone North East of Avignon, it is higher than most Cotes du Rhone vineyards, which means it is cooler and on limestone and sand. This gives a different impression of what Cotes du Rhone can be. The vines are hand tended and farmed organically.
Domaine la Remejeanne make multiple cuvees of Cotes du Rhone and Cotes du Rhone Villages whites, roses and reds. Each one is a gorgeous expression of the site and region. Overall, Domaine la Remejeanne wines tend to be more elegant and pure than typical Cotes du Rhone,
The generic appellation of the Rhone Valley. It can produce white, rosé or red wines. They are often blends of a few of the local wines. Quality can range from very low to some that rival the best wines in the region. Knowing the good producers is the key to picking a good wine from this appellation.
One of the great wine regions in the world. Situated along the Rhone river in South-East France, there is a distinct divide between the Syrah dominant North where the Mistral wind cools and regulates the temperature and the hot lands in the South where Grenache is at its peak. The region produces everything from easy-going quaffers to wines that demand long-term cellaring. Whites can be outstanding such as Viognier made in Condrieu, and Rosé makes a fair impression too.
Spain’s gift to the world; We know it as Grenache. I think everyone has a soft spot for it in some way. Almost too exuberant in expressing its sweet red fruits and high alcohol. It often needs other grapes blending in to add moderation, structure and depth, much like Abbott and Costello. Despite this, the wines of Priorat, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rioja and Aussie GSMs have a fantastic ability to age for the long term.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on the terroir and/or winemaker influence. The Syrah-based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere, while the Shiraz of Barossa is opulent and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.
The land that so many New World (not European) wine producers look to emulate. To generalise about French wine, I would say it is savoury, lighter-bodied wines. They are the definition of elegant, complex. There are many styles, though. And there is a French wine for every palate. They lead the world in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. Sparkling Wine in Champagne. Cabernet and Merlot in Bordeaux. Syrah(Shiraz) and Grenache in the Rhone Valley. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris in Alsace. Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley. Gamay in Beaujolais.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is special. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannins, and flavours. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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