Country: France Region: Rhone Vintage: 2020
Category: White Wine Color: White
Grape Variety: Viognier
Producer: Domaine de Montine
Grignan les Adhémar is the new aoc 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.
The fruit is cold macerated for 4 hours, followed by a gentle oress into thermo-controlled steel tanks. Once settled, the wine is stirred weekly. No malolactic fermentation occurs.
Tasting Note: Slight exotic fruits flavor, peach and white flowers on the nose. The palate it is rich and generous with a well structured body enabling a long mineral finish. Drink now, or age 3 to 5 years in bottle.
Nicely chilled, this wine is a superb accompaniment to pork cooked with apples, scallops in cream or a vegetarian risotto made with goat cheese.
Closure: Stelvin ABV:12.5% Acidity [g/l]: 5.2