Country: France Region: Rhone Vintage: 2020
Category: Red Wine Color: Red
Producer: Domaine de Montine
Grignan les Adhémar is the new name for Tricastin and Domaine de Montine is one of the best-known names here. A family business, just outside Grignan, this has well-placed vines and makes wine in all three colours. Why buy from here? The answer is freshness. This part of the Rhône is almost at an intermediary stage between north and south. The Syrah grape works well here as do all the whites, ripening without undue haste, and the wines are inexpensive and quality on the way up.
The domaine was established in 1933 when Albert Monteillet bought the land and is now run by Melina Monteillet, the fourth generation to take the reins. Surrounded by lavender fields she farms without using chemicals, either pesticides or herbicides, and all fertilisers are organic. The soil is chalk and light clay, and work in the vineyards is all done by hand so each vine gets individual attention and green harvesting lowers yields before the ripe grapes are harvested at night for maximum freshness.
Grape Variety: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault
VITICULTURE: We have been working with the utmost respect for the environment for over 20 years. All our work is strictly based on the plot, respecting the soil / plant balance. Alternating soil tillage and grassing have been practiced for just as long. Manual green work. Trellising on 3 or 4 wires. Night harvest is essential.
VINIFICATION: As simple as possible… so as to respect the fruit and freshness of this cuvée. 100% destemmed harvest. Fairly short fermentation and maceration: 1 week. Daily reassembly and temperature control.
Alcohol level: 13.5% vol
Food Pairing: To put on a charcuterie platter, barbecue, picnic, white meat, roast, salad, gratins of all kinds…
To be enjoyed as soon as you return home… or within 2 years.