Grape(s): 40% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 20% Carignan, 15% Mourvedre
Localization: Southern France, Rhône Valley, France
Tasting Notes: Mid-ruby color with garnet highlights and soaring aromas of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and spice. Soft palate with a good concentration of fruit flavors and integrated acidity.
Food pairing: Enjoy with grilled game birds or a roast beef sandwich.
The Domain: Domaine de la Bastide is an ancient southern Rhône property formerly run by Benedictine monks and before that as a farm by Knights Templar. Second-generation Vincent Boyer has plenty of artifacts to prove that, including ancient coins and centuries-old wine vat. The Boyer family bought it in 1989 and today Vincent and his wife Stephanie are the second generations to run it. It lies in the cru Villages of Visan, where he promotes low yields on the stony soils to ensure the real intensity of flavor.
Domaine de la Bastide’s vineyards are near the village of Visan in the far northern reaches of the Cotes du Rhone appellation and within sight of the hills that define the eastern edge of the Rhone Valley. While there’s still plenty of sunshine and mid-day heat here, the nights cool off more quickly than further south making the limestone soils exceptionally well suited to fresh, delicious, whites.
A blend from 28-year-old vines. 8-15 days fermented in tank with twice daily pump-over for full-color extraction and balanced tannins. Aged in tank for 3-4 months.