Originating from different terroirs in Côtes du Rhône Villages, this wine is one of the most faithful illustrations of the Southern Rhône Valley.
The 2014 vintage is unexpected for the region. A mild and wet winter, a hot and dry spring and temperate and humid summer characterizes this vintage. An atypical year, a winemaker’s vintage. Bud-break took place very early and flowering was carried out in ideal conditions and fruit set was excellent, especially on Grenache. However, work in the vineyards and constant monitoring were necessary all the way through to harvest. The months of July and August were humid favouring growth.
The best terroirs of the Côtes du Rhône were identified historically and only 20% can be labelled "Villages". Normally found on geological faults, they also benefit from a geological complexity that produces grapes of superior quality.
Just 20% of the Côtes-du-Rhône vineyard is entitled to add the word ‘Villages’ after the words ‘Côtes-du-Rhône’. These are the best vineyard sites.
Clay and limestone soils and gravelly soils.
Harvest took place in the second half of September. Yields were superior to 2013 (35hl / ha) offering nice balance.
In this vintage, this wine shows a lot of fruit, a beautiful freshness and plenty character. The Grenache / Syrah blend marry beautifully. Nice aromas of red and black fruit, a beautiful aromatic intensity, the mouth is fresh and generous. The silky tannins accompany a long and aromatic finish.
Serve at 18°C.
Reviews and Awards
• Note: 87/100
Wine Spectator, James Molesworth - 01/11/2016Rounded and forward, with friendly plum and black cherry fruit lined with a light tobacco note. The soft finish shows a faint echo of mint. Drink now. 8,333 cases made.
• Note: 88/100
Wine Advocate, Jeb Dunnuck - 01/10/2015The 2014 Côtes du Rhône Villages is a rock solid, peppery, Provençal efforts that did well in the vintage. The Côtes du Rhône Villages has more richness than its sibling, the Côtes du Rhône Reserve, which is slightly more elegant and floral.