Domaine Rouge-Bleu

Jean-Marc and Kristin Espinasse

Jean-Marc and Kristin Espinasse

Domaine Rouge-Bleu is a 400 year-old farm surrounded by 8 hectares of vines, planted with Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, Mourvedre and Roussanne. Owners Thomas Bertrand and Caroline Jones (vineyard manager and winemaker respectively) manage their property biodynamically – with minimal intervention and no chemical additives – to create low-yield wines that reflect the terroir from which they come. The vineyard consists mainly of old vines, the oldest parcel being planted in 1910. Never irrigated, the vines are encouraged to grow deep into the soil to seek the water and minerals they require, resulting in vines that are drought-resistant and flourish in the long, hot, dry summers of southern France. Biodynamic farming principles also support a symbiotic relationship between the above and below ground environments, with a population of insects, wild plants and trees. All wines are fermented with the native yeasts that thrive in this natural ecosystem, delivering to your glass the wild aromas unique to this special place. In the winery, grapes are crushed and fermented without destemming, enhancing the complexity, structure and ageing potential of the wine. Pump-overs are minimal to avoid too much extraction or mechanical intervention, keeping the focus on finesse. Conscientious winemaking and traditional viticulture allows the ancient vines to express the most fundamental aspect of a fine wine: terroir.

Website

www.rouge-bleu.com/en/

Address

Cairanne

Wine Maker

Jean-Marc Espinasse

Country

France

Region

Rhone Valley

Appellation

Côtes du Rhône, Vin de Pays de Méditerranée


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Wines from this Winery


Domaine Rouge-Bleu Dentelle Blanc

Colour: Straw, clear and bright. Nose: Citrus, honeysuckle and summer stone fruit. Palate: Aromatic notes of apricot with tropical hints. Crisp acidity with stone fruit flavours filling the mid palate. A soft, well balanced finish. WINE AND FOOD MATCHING: Serve chilled. A wonderful aperitif, this white wine is delicious either with food or on its own. Enjoy with fleshy white fish, shellfish in saffron cream sauce, goat’s cheese salads or chicken dishes.

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¥2,450
Domaine Rouge-Bleu Dentelle Rose

TASTING NOTES: Colour: Ruby with garnet hues. Nose: Summer berries, sweet spice, cassis. Palate: Delicate aromas of blackcurrant, cherry, wild blackberry and nutmeg complimented by gentle tannins. WINE AND FOOD MATCHING: Serve at room temperature or lightly chilled. This medium bodied wine makes a fine match for summer or winter dishes. Try it with vegetable salads, charcuterie, pizza, roast chicken or BBQs.

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¥2,450
Domaine Rouge-Bleu Dentelle Rouge

Colour: Ruby with garnet hues. Nose: Summer berries, sweet spice, cassis. Palate: Delicate aromas of blackcurrant, cherry, wild blackberry and nutmeg complimented by gentle tannins.

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¥2,450
Domaine Rouge-Bleu Mistral

TASTING NOTES: Colour: Deep garnet. Nose: Black fruits and warm spices. Palate: Full-bodied with flavours of cherry and blackberry evolving towards roasted coffee notes. Well-structured tannins give an elegant finish. WINE AND FOOD MATCHING: Serve at 17°C. After decanting, enjoy with pheasant terrine, wild mushroom risotto, slow roasted joints, lamb and prune tagine, mature cheeses or chocolate desserts.

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¥2,950
Domaine Rouge-Bleu Lunatique

Nose: ripe black fruits, plum pudding and warm spices. Palate: full-bodied and velvety with berry flavours carrying on from the nose evolving to notes of mocha, cinnamon and roasted hazelnut. Excellent balance and well-structured tannins, coupled with a pleasing freshness, give this wine great length. Extended ageing potential.

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¥5,900