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Domaine La Cabotte, Grenache Blanc, Cotes Du Rhone, Rhone Valley

France
Grenache Blanc
2019
$20 .95
- 2 bottles +

Tasting Notes

A nose that expresses aromas of summer fruit; white peach, apricot, and notes of fresh herbs such as chervil, chamomile. In the mouth it is straight, tight, and a little saline, expressing a beautiful minerality, with a rich, long, airy finish. It exhibits notes of ripe stone fruits and yellow apple, with a undertone of white flowers.

About

Burgundian vigneron Gabriel d’Ardhuy first fell in love with this small domaine in 1980 while on a bicycle trip with his grandchildren. He was so taken by the beauty of this 45-hectare property, just outside the village of Mondragon in the Drôme of the southern Rhône, that he bought it. His daughter, Marie-Pierre d’Ardhuy-Plumet, and her husband, Éric Plumet, have run the domaine ever since, slowly bringing the once-abandoned property back to life. Blessed with old-vine Grenache and lanes lined with mature olive trees, it is a little slice of Provençal paradise. Marie-Pierre and Éric have undertaken the restoration of the domaine in small steps. They rehabilitated the rocky vineyards and built a more modern winery. In 2007, they began using organic and biodynamic farming practices in the vineyards and today are certified in both methods of farming. The vines are situated at 165 meters above sea level in the Massif d’ Uchaux, whose altitude and ideal sun exposure make for a cooler growing area in this part of the Rhône, thereby leaving the grapes’ natural acidity to shine in the final wines. Domaine la Cabotte is named for the small stone shelters and tool sheds used by growers in the vineyards.

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