2020 Domaine de Chateaumar Côtes-du-Rhône "Perle de Rosé", Rhone Valley, France
ABOUT THIS WINE:
The vineyard is at 350 feet elevation with 30+ year old vines located just North of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The soil is stony, clayish-limestone. The wine is aged 6 months in stainless steel tanks and is bottled at the estate. It is a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER:
Castel Mar (Châteaumar) estate dates back to the 11th century. For many generations, the vines at Domaine de Châteaumar have been cultivated by father and son. Today, it is Jean-Felix and Frederic Souret managing the vineyard, always maintaining the greatest respect for nature: vineyards run for generations without any pesticides or herbicides. The estate is located 9 km from Orange, in the heart of the AOP Cotes du Rhone. The vineyards include 25 acres in Côtes du Rhône, on stony clay-limestone soils, and 12 acres in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The soil of this prestigious appellation is red clay and large round cobbles. The vineyard is naturally established from several noble varieties of the Southern Rhone, principally Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. Farming is fully sustainable. The soil is turned several times during the year which allows the vines to draw a wonderful energy from deep down to create beautifully formed grapes. Once matured the grapes are hand-harvested, selected, and sorted.