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Here is a tasting of one of the many wines I tasted at the wine fair in Thouars, France last week. Domaine Pierre-Laine.
Domaine Pierre-Laine is located in the Rhone valley between Montelimar and Orange, in the municipality of Saint Marcel d’Ardèche. The estate is a family property of 20 hectares in Côtes du Rhône Villages and Côtes du Rhône. The farm is a Provencal farmhouse located in the middle of the vineyard.
All of the production, from prseeing, fermentation, ageing and bottling is done exclusively at the domaine. There are no external influences. Their philosophy is to work in the respect of nature. For this they work in organic farming. The choice of change was decided some years ago and the vineyard has been reworked from 2008 to completely stop the use of herbicide. They have won many accolades over the years with awards acroos the country.
The land of the domaine is situated on one of the highest hills of the town between the River Rhone and river Ardèche. This is why the area has one of the finest terroir slopes of Saint Marcel of Ardèche. The soils are mainly clay and limestone with the presence of red pebbles on the surface and deeper down in the soil. The the climate is Mediterranean and characterized by warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. These climatic conditions allow the Rhone varietals to give their best qualitative expressions. The grape varieties grown for red wine are Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault. For the rosé, characteristic is the presence of Clairette pink with black Grenache and Cinsault. For white they are now growing Viognier.
So I tasted the Cote de Rhone Village 2012 with a blend of 45% Grenache, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. It has a distinctive purple hue with a deep nose of ripe red fruit accented with spicy notes. The palate is full-bodied and round structured style. You can serve this at 16-18 degrees with grilled red meats, lamb shank and cheeses. Drink now and age for 5 years.
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