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Domaine Rouge-Bleu Lunatique 2016

France, Rhone Valley
Organic
Biodynamic

Full-bodied and velvety with dark berry flavours carrying on from the nose, evolving to hints of coffee and black forest gateau. Excellent balance and well-structured tannins, coupled with a pleasing freshness, give this wine great length.

Country France
Region Rhone Valley
Appellation Vin de Pays de Méditerranée
Winery Domaine Rouge-Bleu
Vintage 2016
Color Red
Varietal(s) 100% Grenache
¥6,490  (incl. tax)

Full-bodied and velvety with dark berry flavours carrying on from the nose, evolving to hints of coffee and black forest gateau. Excellent balance and well-structured tannins, coupled with a pleasing freshness, give this wine great length.

Country France
Region Rhone Valley
Appellation Vin de Pays de Méditerranée
Winery Domaine Rouge-Bleu
Vintage 2016
Color Red
Varietal(s) 100% Grenache
Production

Viticulture

Situated in Sainte-Cécile-Les-Vignes, Domaine Rouge-Bleu uses organic farming principles on all of its 9ha, of which four lie in the Côtes du Rhône appellation.

The low yield is the natural outcome of very old, deep-rooted vines that sit on a stony soil of ancient riverbed, which, when coupled with the Mediterranean climate of long, hot, dry summers (including the mould-inhibiting Mistral wind), ensures excellent berry maturation.

Vinification

The hand-harvested grapes are not destemmed before being put into small porous concrete tanks for fermentation. The mature stems have been kept in order to naturally aerate the must during the winemaking process, bringing sediments and natural acidity to the wine to balance the alcohol and tannins. Maceration of 10-14 days with three pump-overs a week during this time. Malolactic fermentation and maturation in aged French oak barrels for 16 months with three rackings. Bottled at the domaine. 

Data
Closure Natural Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.5%
Product Code 3059316
UPC NONE/なし
Winery

Winery Description

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.