Domaine Pelaquie Cotes du Rhone Villages Laudun Blanc 2014
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.
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.