Domaine Pelaquie Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Mourvedre 2004
In 1908, Laudun wines were shipped to Djibouti. The archives keep memories of distant expeditions. Luc Pélaquié gave new impetus to the company but has not forgotten the legacy. He took over the estate of his grandfather Joseph in 1976. The small family property has become a modern winery through numerous investments in winemaking vat for instance; always looking for quality and the expression of our best terroirs. In 2008, the company broke away from the wine cooperative of Saint Victor and became independent. Today we are able to manage the whole cycle from the vine farming to the production, from bottling to sales.
From father to son the Pélaquié's have transmitted the preparation secrets. Each generation has lovingly protected this cultural legacy, enriched it with his own discoveries to create beautiful line of wines, well known for white, fresh and elegant.
Typically thought of as a baby Chateâuneuf-du-Pape, the term Côtes du Rhône actually doesn’t merely apply to the flatter outskirts of the major southern Rhône appellations, it also includes the fringes of well-respected northern Rhône appellations. White wines can be produced under the appellation name, but very little is actually made.
The region offers some of the best values in France and even some first-rate and age-worthy reds. Red wine varieties include most of the Chateâuneuf-du-Pape varieties like Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Counoise, as well as Carignan. White grapes grown include Grenache blanc, Roussanne and Viognier, among others.
Full of ripe fruit, and robust, earthy goodness, Mourvèdre is actually of Spanish provenance, where it still goes by the name Monastrell or Mataro. It is better associated however, with the Red Blends of the Rhône, namely Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Mourvèdre shines on its own in Bandol and is popular both as a single varietal wine in blends in the New World regions of Australia, California and Washington. Somm Secret—While Mourvèdre has been in California for many years, it didn’t gain momentum until the 1980s when a group of California winemakers inspired by the wines of the Rhône Valley finally began to renew a focus on it.