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The first ha of the estate was planted in 1875 and the cellar built up in 1926. It was then the first private cellar of Rasteau. The real start in vine growing started in 1930, when Maurice Leyraud (the grandfather of Jean Pierre Wife) decided to plant Grenache and Carignan, instead of cereals and olive trees.
In 1989, jean Pierre started to work in the estate at 24 years of age...Read More About Domaine Grand Nicolet
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.
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...Read More About Rhone Red Blends
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