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Chateau Saint Maurice Cotes du Rhone 2006

Syrah/Shiraz from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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Winemaker Notes

Aromas and flavors of cherry and red berry fruit, with a touch of pepper on the long finish. It is made with a traditional provencal blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 10% Carignan, and 5% Cinsault.

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Chateau Saint Maurice

Château Saint Maurice

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Château Saint Maurice, , France - Rhone
Chateau Saint Maurice
The site's history dates back to antiquity and the probable existence of a temple dedicated to Jupiter was built on the plateau. From that time, a warning "Cippus" was found embedded in the wall of the cellar of the Castle.

Before the construction of Chateau Saint Maurice, the area was long used by monks who produced fruit, lavender, olives and vines ... Most buildings date at the current property from this time: the cave, located in the old silk house , the vault, sits in place of an old barn and the left wing of the castle, transformed in recently to catering ...

In 1982 after studying oenology in Montpellier, Christophe Valat, son of Andrew Valat, joined the operation and partnership with his father. Together they have continued the development of the vineyard, modernization of the cellar ...

In 1993, Christophe Valat became director of Chateau Saint Maurice and began developing many export markets. They also acquired the vineyards of Chateau Boucarut, 12 ha of Cotes du Rhone and Lirac Roquemaure in 1988, complementing their Cotes du Rhone holdings. With a total area of approximately 115 hectares, the two vineyards are geographically very close (about 4 km apart).

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A prestigious and distinctive region for red wines in northwestern Italy, Piedmont is responsible for some of the country’s longest-lived, most sought-after wines. Set in the foothills of the Alps, the terrain consists of visually stunning rolling hills. The most prized vines are planted at higher altitudes on the warmer, south-facing slopes where sunlight exposure is maximized. The climate is continental, with cold winters and hot, muggy summers. Despite the rain shadow effect of the Alps, precipitation takes place year-round, and a cooling fog provides moisture that aids in the ripening of grapes.

Easy-going Barbera is the most planted grape in Piedmont, beloved for its trademark high acidity, low tannin, and juicy red fruit. However, the most prized variety is Nebbiolo, named for the region’s omnipresent fog (“nebbia” in Italian). This grape is responsible for the exalted wines of Barbaresco and Barolo, known for their ageability, firm tannins, and hallmark aromas of tar and roses. Nebbiolo wines, despite their pale hue, pack a pleasing punch of flavor and structure, and the best examples, when made in a traditional style, require about a decade’s wait before they become approachable. Barbaresco tends to be more elegant in style while Barolo is more powerful. More affordable and imminently drinkable Nebbiolo can be found in the larger Langhe area as well as Gattinara, Ghemme, and other less-prominent appellations. Dolcetto is Piedmont’s other important red grape, ready to drink as quickly as Barbera but with lower acidity and higher tannin. White wines are less important here but can be high in quality, and include Arneis, Gavi, and sweet, fizzy wines made from Muscat.

Singularly aromatic, often sweet, and always enjoyable, Muscat never takes itself too seriously. Muscat is actually an umbrella name for a diverse set of grapes, some of which are genetically related while others are not. The two most important versions are Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains and Muscat of Alexandria, the former being of considerably higher quality. Both are grown throughout the world and can be made in a wide range of styles, from dry and aromatic wines to sweet and richly perfumed dessert wines. It is well known in Italy's Piedmont region for Moscato d’Asti, a slightly sparkling semi-sweet wine that is refreshing and low in alcohol.

In the Glass

Muscat wines possess intense aromatics of peaches, rose petals, geranium, orange blossom, and lychee, often with a hint of sweet spice, and always with a uniquely grapey character that is uncommon in other wines.

Perfect Pairings

Thanks to its naturally low alcohol levels, Muscat is a perfect match for spicy Asian cuisine, especially when the wine has a little bit of residual sugar. Off-dry Muscat can work well with lighter desserts like key lime pie and lemon meringue, while fully sweet Muscat-based dessert wines are enjoyable after dinner with an assortment of cheeses.

Sommelier Secret

Muscat is one of the oldest known grape varieties, dating as far back as the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Pliny the Elder wrote in the 13th century of a sweet, perfumed grape variety so attractive to bees that he referred to it as uva apiana, or “grape of the bees.” Most likely, he was describing one of the Muscat varieties.

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