Kruse's plots cling to the high-altitude, chalky slopes in the Côtes de Ventoux, some 25 miles northeast of Avignon. Rich in history as well as impressive terroir, the Côtes de Ventoux presented a great opportunity for Kruse to make her winemaking dreams a reality. German by birth, Kruse found her way to Provence and spent many years wearing as many hats as possible in the wine business (as well as working with her husband, Thierry Faravel, of Domaine La Bouïssière) before establishing her own micro-domaine in 2001.
Kruse owns 8.5 hectares of vineyards, including one hectare of older-vine Grenache that sits on the eastern side of the Dentelles, closer to Mont Ventoux. Soils are very stony, with limestone and marl topsoils and clay underneath. This combination provides Kruse with concentrated, very spicy fruit that benefits both from the warmer days and nights cooled by the mistral. Vines are raised as naturally as possible and are harvested and sorted by hand, so only the most perfectly sweet and ripe grapes make it into the final blends. Kruse aims always to capture the most natural flavors of her grapes, the personality of her terroir and the character of the vintage. Wines are fermented in temperature-controlled cement tanks, aged on fine lees and bottled unfined and unfiltered. View all Domaine Martinelle Wines
About Other RhôneView a map of Other Rhône wineries Other appellations of the Rhône include: in the North – St-Péray, Chateau Grillet; in the South – Lirac, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Tricastin, Rasteau
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.