Grape(s): 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre
Localization: Rhone Valley, France
Tasting Notes: Complex nose, harmonious on the palate with notes of very ripe red fruits. Tannins present, melted by aging. To drink now, with the possibility of aging for 3-4 years in a good cellar.
Food Pairing: Perfect with red meats as well as poultry such as pigeon or guinea fowl.
The Domain: Located on the Plan de Dieu between Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas, this terroir has been coveted since the 16th century. Alluvial soil, full of rolled pebbles, this plateau is swept by the Mistral.
The story begins in 1905, at the time 5 hectares were in production. Julien Martin started this vineyard which today totals 62 ha of vines in AOC Côtes du Rhône, Plan de Dieu Villages, Cairanne, Rasteau, and Rasteau natural sweet wine. He additionally owned 10 ha in IGP Vaucluse and IGP Mediterranean. In 1930, Julien's son Jules took over the estate and acquired new plots. He decided to vinify his own grapes and created his own cellar in 1947. In 1960, Rene and Yves, the 2 sons of Jules, enlarged the cellar and equipped it with a bottling line. By 2000, Julien's great-grandsons David and Eric were managing the family estate and developed the sale of bottles and export.