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Domaine des Bacchantes Côtes du Rhône 2010

A simple, yet well composed Côte du Rhône with a rustic, tranquil demeanor.

Winery: Les Vignerons D’Estézargues is a co-operative winery of 10 different growers in the small town of Estézargues, just west of Avignon. Founded in 1965, they became a pioneer for quality and individuality in their wines when in 1995 they began to vinify their wines separately and to make single cuvées from their best plots.

Winemaking: With nearly 1000 acres of vineyards, they are now one of the most modern and progressive co-ops in the Southern Rhône, with a focus on sustainable agriculture, low yields and small batch vinification. Believing in as little intervention as possible, they do not add external yeast, sugar, or enzymes in their production process. Sulphur is only added in minimal amounts during bottling, and their wines are neither refined nor filtered. Grapes were sourced from the ‘Les Bacchantes’ vineyard. The owner of the vineyard, Didier Kupke, “loves seeing this wine fashioned in his image: powerful and happy”.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in color with earthy aromas of eucalyptus, meat and funk. Rich black cherry and sour cherry notes ran atop an undercurrent of earthy mushroom and hints of dried herbs, along with spicy pink peppercorn and dusty minerals lingering on the finish.
*Enjoyed with a slight chill and about an hour of decanting.

80% Syrah, 20% Grenache
Côtes du Rhône
Mis en Bouteille a la Propriété
15% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2015

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