Domaine De L'Echevin Cotes du Rhone Villages Saint Maurice Guillaume de Rouville Blanc 2014
The estate is named after his ancestor Guillaume de Rouville who was "Echevin" (Mayor) of Lyon in 1586 and owned properties in the Rhone Valley. The 14.5 hectares of vines plus 2 hectares of woods are all on the same estate on a plateau overlooking the small Provencal village of Saint Maurice.
In 2001 his son Adrien joined him on the family estate. They today work hand in hand deploying a combination of tradition and modernity in the vineyard and the winery to make wines that convey their character, which are elegant and powerful, based on noble blends.
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.
Full-bodied and flavorful, white Rhône blends originate from France’s Rhône Valley. Today these blends are also becoming popular in other regions. Typically some combination of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier form the basis of a white Rhône blend with varying degrees of flexibility depending on the exact appellation. Somm Secret—In the Northern Rhône, blends of Marsanne and Roussanne are common but the south retains more variety. Marsanne, Roussanne as well as Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picpoul and Ugni Blanc are typical.