Notre Dame des Pallieres Sablet Villages Blanc Montmartel 2016
Notre Dames des Pallieres vineyard covers 30 hectares and produces in respect of nature the names: Gigondas, Rasteau, Sablet, Lirac and Côtes du Rhône. The typical Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah grapes from the south of the Grenache Rhône Valley come together in our estate and give quality grapes vinified in pure tradition. anchored in Quaternary fluvial soils, benefit from the micro climate of the Trignon valley and exceptional sunshine. Notre Dames des Pallieres vines ar the oldest of them, located in Gigondas, were planted by our great-grandfather, Jules Roux.
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.