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Oratoire Cairanne Haut Coustias Rouge 2020

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Biodynamic. Crafted from 50% Mourvèdre, 35% Grenache and 15% Syrah, the Haut Coustias was always the Alary brothers’ tour de force—the most distinctive wine of the Domaine (even if we often rate Les Douyes just as highly). The wine is made from the fruit of 65-year-old vines planted in the rocky, complex soils (limestone-rich with blue clay, 40% active limestone and some alluvial stones as well) of the Estate’s highest plots. Only 8,000 bottles are produced each year.

The grapes are sorted three times (in the vineyard, then pre- and post-destemming) and the wine is naturally fermented in concrete before spending 10 months in large, 22-hectolitre wooden foudres. One of the Rhône’s few remaining Mourvèdre-dominant yardsticks, this shows all the animal and dark spice that you expect of a great cuvée.

There’s more red than black on the nose, with the fruit offset by chalky, mineral scents. Driven by citrussy drive, the palate fuses red fruit sweetness with black olive and an amaro-like lift, finishing with finely polished tannins and impressive chalky length. Such is the balance and digestibility, it’s already approachable, though will be at its best ten years from now.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Mourvedre Shiraz Grenache
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Cotes du Rhone
Brand Domain de l'Oratoire St-Martin
Vintage 2020

Wines of Rhone Valley

The Rhone wine region is situation in the south of France in the Rhone Valley. The region is split into north and south with distinctively different winemaking styles. In the north, the main grape used is Syrah and is sometimes blended with white varietals. In the south however, reds are a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault. You may be familiar with this sort of blend; in Australia it is labelled GSM.

Wines are produced under various Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) designations. The most prestigious of which is Chateauneuf-du-Pape. You may also have heard of other AOC names such as Gigondas, Hermitage, Lirac, St Joseph. Wines coming from these and other AOCs are all on the higher end of the market.

On the value end we have wines produced in Cotes-du-Rhone AOC. Cotes-du-Rhone often refers to wines made in the Rhone Valley that do not fall under any other AOC, often from the flatter areas around Southern Rhone. However, it also does include the fringes of well-respected northern appellations as well. In terms of volume, a majority of Rhone wine falls under the Cotes-du-Rhone AOC and it offers some of the best value in France and even some first-rate and age-worthy reds.

Full-bodied and flavourful white wine blends are also made in the region. These are typically a combination of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier.

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Oratoire Cairanne Haut Coustias Rouge 2020-Red Wine-World Wine
Domain de l'Oratoire St-Martin

Oratoire Cairanne Haut Coustias Rouge 2020

$76.71

Biodynamic. Crafted from 50% Mourvèdre, 35% Grenache and 15% Syrah, the Haut Coustias was always the Alary brothers’ tour de force—the most distinctive wine of the Domaine (even if we often rate Les Douyes just as highly). The wine is made from the fruit of 65-year-old vines planted in the rocky, complex soils (limestone-rich with blue clay, 40% active limestone and some alluvial stones as well) of the Estate’s highest plots. Only 8,000 bottles are produced each year.

The grapes are sorted three times (in the vineyard, then pre- and post-destemming) and the wine is naturally fermented in concrete before spending 10 months in large, 22-hectolitre wooden foudres. One of the Rhône’s few remaining Mourvèdre-dominant yardsticks, this shows all the animal and dark spice that you expect of a great cuvée.

There’s more red than black on the nose, with the fruit offset by chalky, mineral scents. Driven by citrussy drive, the palate fuses red fruit sweetness with black olive and an amaro-like lift, finishing with finely polished tannins and impressive chalky length. Such is the balance and digestibility, it’s already approachable, though will be at its best ten years from now.

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