Cotes Du Rhone `Sans Sulfite` Domaine des Carabiniers 2017

Country
France
Region
Southern Rhone
Producer
Domaine des Carabiniers
Grape(s)
Grenache (50%)
Syrah (50%)
Type
Red
Style
Juicy
Oaked Style
Lightly oaked
Body Style
Medium bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Not applicable
Alcohol Content
12.5%
Closure Style
Cork
Organic/Biodynamic
Biodynamic
Vegetarian/Vegan
Vegetarian
Yes
Vegan
Yes
Allergens
Sulphites
No
Milk
No
Egg
No

Region

Grenache forms the backbone of southern Rhône blends, including Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueyras. The vast area of Côtes du Rhône offers a great diversity of soils, microclimates and a variety of grapes to create a range of styles at all quality levels. The aromatic dessert Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, is fragrant and sweet.

Producer

In the 14th century, the papal community lived in Avignon (Palais des Papes) and the region was guarded by Italian mounted guards - the Carabinieri. Since that time, the area has been known as `Carabiniers`. Domaine des Carabiniers has been family run for four generations. The vineyard was developed at the beginning of the 20th century by the Leperchois family. Christian Leperchois built the current winery in the 60`s. Now, Magali and Fabien run the domaine which converted to organic viticulture in 1997 and then to biodynamic viticulture in 2009. They vinify with natural yeasts, without the use of chemical products and with very low sulphur additions.
Tasting Notes
This Cotes du Rhone was harvested at night to prevent oxidation and avoid the use of SO2, this keeps the freshness and protects the natural aromas of the grapes. The wine was then vinified without the addition of any sulphites. A deep ruby in colour, the palate is elegant and well balanced with red fruits, spice notes and soft tannins.
Food
Serve with grilled meats, mushroom risotto or medium strength cheeses.
Media
Sommelier WIne Awards 2018 Silver.