Dom. des Escaravailles Rasteau la Ponce 2006
Rhone Red Blends from Rasteau, Rhone, France
Lovely red robe with purple accents. Discover the spicy aromas. The mouth is ample.
The Wine Advocate - "Chocolatey black cherries, a dense purple color, and full-bodied power and intensity characterize the 2006 La Ponce, a blend of Grenache and Syrah from the high elevation vineyards of Rasteau, an appellation that is soaring in quality. This wine should drink nicely for 5-7 years. "
Domaine des Escaravailles Winery
The name of the winery comes from the nickname given by the people of Rasteau to the black penitent in the 17th century who wore long black coats and own the farm at the time. In Occitan, Escaravaille means beattle.
The Domaine des Escaravailles belongs to the Ferran family for now three generations as it was brought by Gilles Ferran's Grandfather, Jean-Louis Ferran in 1953.
Gilles Ferran took over the winery in 1999 when he started bottling his first wine, the Rasteau "La Ponce". He was major of his promotion in oenology in Montpellier and that was over ten years he was working in the winery aside his father Daniel.
The great advantage of the Escaravailles Terroir is to be situated at a high altitude (around 250 m) with steep slopes. These conditions are fundamental for the quality of the wine as the slope able a perfect drainage and exposition, the clay subsoil preserves some water reserves to delay the hydra stress phenomenal, and especially the altitude optimizes an important thermal amplitude between the day and the night, ideal to bring a great harmony and freshness in the wines.
The winery spreads out over 40 hectares on Rasteau and 25 hectares on Cairanne, Villedieu and Saint Roman. Les soils are divers, but the homogeneity is in the calcareous and clay ground. View all Domaine des Escaravailles Wines
Rasteau is its own appellation when it comes to vins doux natural (sweet wines) but is only a Côtes du Rhône Village when it comes to dry wines (red, white and rose). As an appellation, the sweet wines produced are almost all Grenache-based and red to brown in color. Similar to Beaumes de Venise, but closer in style to the sweet stickies of Australia. Also known as Rancio. As a Cotes du Rhone Village, Rasteau produces excellent wines, some as high quality as any Rhone AC.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.