Domaine La Remejeanne Les Chèvrefeuilles Côtes du Rhône 2015

$31.99 per single bottle
Size: 750

About This Wine

This blend comes from hillside vines with an average altitude of 250 meters, loess/limestone soil, and both south and east facing. A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignan, as well as some Marselan (from some old vines of a rarely seen cross between Cabernet and Grenache that Oliver likes for the acidity it brings to the blend), this is perhaps the most spicy of the Réméjeanne wines we sell. The grapes are sorted and destemmed before a long maceration of about three weeks in concrete tank. The wine then spends a year in tank prior to bottling. It's a lovely wine of great finesse with vivid, complex aromas and flavours of mulberry and raspberry spiked with musk along with hints of liquorice, violets, thyme, bay leaf and white pepper. The finish is bright, refreshing and perfumed with a flood of juicy fruit shrouded in fine powdery tannins (typical of the limestone-rich soils of Sabran). As always, this handcrafted wine is very different from your generic, mass-volume Côtes du Rhône. By the way, Chèvrefeuille [pronounced: shev-ruh-foy] is French for 'honeysuckle', the perfume of which you cannot escape during springtime in the southern Ardèche.
Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Shiraz/Syrah Grenache
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Côtes-du-Rhône
Brand Domaine La Remejeanne
Vintage 2015

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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