Calendal Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu 2013
The name Calendal comes from a Provencal poem by Frederik Mistral. A fisherman, Calendal, is deeply in love with the beautiful Estérelle. Just like the two friends’ love for the soil of Provence and its fruits – the wines.
Plan de Dieu is located between Chateauneuf and Rasteau. While it is not as famous as many of its neighbors it is a Côtes-du-Rhône Villages in its own right. Plan de Dieu is a vast plain of rocky clay soils, with most of the rocks sitting on top of the soil. It is hot, blasted hot, and Mourvedre loves the heat.
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The name Calendal comes from a Provencal poem by Frederik Mistral. A fisherman Calendal is deeply in love with the beautiful Estérelle. Just like the two friends’ love for the soil of Provence and its fruits - the wines.
An appellation full of some of the most delightful and particularly charming reds, Côtes du Rhône Villages includes the best villages of the greater Côtes du Rhône appellation. The possibility for an appellation promotion exists for every named village but each has to achieve and prove superior quality before an upgrade will be granted. The main ones today are Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes-de-Venise, Vinsobres, Rasteau and Cairanne.
The Gigondas appellation, while sometimes producing wines with a touch of rusticity, can often rival Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Its elevations are higher and soils richer in limestone. Vacqueyras reds are more concentrated than the more general Côtes du Rhône reds and must be at least one half comprised of Grenache by law. Beaumes de Venise also includes some excellent higher elevation spots for making snappy, fruity and spicy reds but historically the appellation’s esteem came from its fragrant, sweet and golden Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise.