Domaine la Remejeanne Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge Les Arbusiers 2010
Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
This cuvee is a blend of old-vine Grenache, and Syrah. The grapes are sorted and destemmed before a long maceration in tank (about three weeks), and the wine spends one year in tank prior to bottling. Its substantial color complements powerful aromas of black fruits, berries and spice. It is rich and full-bodied on the palate, with ripe tannins.
Blend: 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache
Wine Spectator - "This has a nice racy edge that lets the cherry preserves, blackberry pâte de fruit and plum sauce notes run along, while black tea, licorice snap and sweet spice fill in on the finish."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright violet color. Red and dark berry aromas show good clarity and a suave floral nuance. A bit jammy but offers lots of fresh raspberry and blackberry flavors and a pliant texture. Closes with good cut and length, leaving a candied lavender note behind. This wine is ridiculously easy to drink."
Domaine la Remejeanne Winery
Owned by Rémy Klein, this domaine is located in the little-known village of Sabran, nestled in rather dramatic hills divided between forests of green oak and vineyards. The 35 hectares of vineyards are planted at the relatively high altitude of 200 to 280 meters resulting in a cooler climate than Chateauneuf-du-Pape or Gigondas, and endows the wines with a freshness and liveliness not often encountered in the Southern Rhone. Klein is an extremely conscientious winemaker, constantly testing new approaches to improve his wines. As Andrew Jefford writes in The New France (© 2002): “Lengthy extractions, micro-oxygenation…, lees work, malolactic in barrique: all of these are practiced here, but always thoughtfully and never routinely.” Grapes are hand-harvested and sorted on a table de tri, ensuring that only the healthiest fruit makes it into the bottle. View all Domaine la Remejeanne Wines
About Cotes du RhoneView a map of Cotes du Rhone wineries
The appellation of Côtes du Rhône encompasses much of the land of the area, not to mention much of the wine – over two-thirds of the wine produced here is of the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation. Wines here need only be from the Côtes de Rhône geographic area (which is fairly large) and consist of one or more of the 22 varieties permitted. Being such a wide classification, it's a surprise and joy that so many of these wines reach such a high quality. While there are areas in the Northern Rhône that meet the classification of Côtes du Rhône, most all of this appellation is in the Southern Rhône. Wines here are based mostly on Grenache, like other Rhône reds, while the whites focus on Marsanne and Roussanne. Viognier is also allowed although typically used in smaller quantities.
Notable FactsThere is one higher level in the Côtes du Rhône called Côtes du Rhône Villages. These wines are from specific village areas that have a few more standards the wine must reach to receive the village label. Some to take note of are Cairanne, Rasteau, Seguret and Beaumes-de-Venise. The good thing about both Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages is that big producers of the smaller appellations are taking the opportunity and freedom offered by this broad appellation and creating wines of very high quality, and lower in price.
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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