Domaine Coteaux des Travers Rasteau La Mondona 2014
To savor with game, beef ribs, rack of lamb or young partridge with olives or a wild boar chop with chanterelles.
Blend: 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Vieux Carignan, 5% Mourvedre
Following the Second World War, the domaine expanded greatly. Robert Sr. took over in 1955 and, in 1976, sold his first wines in bottle. Robert Jr. took over the domaine in 1985.
Robert began giving up weed-killers and synthetic sprays around 2008 and since 2012, has been certified biodynamic by Demeter. Charavin works rigorously in the vineyard plows between his rows of vines to encourage healthy underground life.
A highly successful southern Rhone village promoted to Cotes du Rhone Villages status because of its intense and heady red wines, Rasteau is also recognized for its fortified wine, Vin Doux Naturel. Grenache is responsible for both styles. Rasteau also produces refreshing white and rosé table wines.
With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.