French Cote du Rhone
Grape varieties: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre
As the Domaine name of a small mountain (=Montagnet), the 15ha field is blessed with high altitude and sandy clay with a lot of gravel. There are still many old trees around 50 years old, and we will focus on Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. The wine is condensed yet soft, with a high extract and a gentle mouthfeel. The quality that surpasses the affordable price is highly evaluated in France.
The cooperative in the village of Estézargues, southwest of Avignon, in the south of France, consists of 10 growers. Each farmer has been cultivating grapes using biologic or conventional farming methods, but from 2021VT, all wines of the cooperative will be biologic certified. Only sulfites are added at the time of bottling, and there are many wines that are not filtered, which is rare for a winery of this scale. Jean-François Nick (now Fleurs Rouge), the former head brewer, established this brewing method on this scale. In the 1980s and 1990s, at the dawn of Van Nature, it captured the hearts of many people and is still loved by many people throughout France. Jean-François' successor, Denis Duchamp, is also endowed with the ability, and the total cultivation area is 569 ha, and the average annual production is 1.6 million, which is stable every year. On the contrary, the remarkably pure taste, despite the sheer everyday price, gets better every year. Each grower entrusts the winemaking to Denis and calls himself a domaine, such as Domaine de la Montagnette or Domaine de la Perrière. On the other hand, Plain Sud and Cuvée des Galés are standard wines made by blending grapes from multiple producers.