AOP Côtes du Rhône Brézème: Domaine Lombard 'Monicault' Rouge 2020
'Monicault' is named after Eugène de Monicault who, in the late 19th century, is acknowledged as the man who saved the appellation after it was ravaged by phylloxera. Composed of 100% Syrah from a number of different parcels on galet roulés and sandy limestone soils, this is a true vin de garde that gets better with bottle age and is designed to be drunk up to 9 to 12 years after vintage. Certified organic.
Individual parcels from 10 to 40 year-old vines are hand-harvested and vinified separately. Blackberry and black pepper dominate the lengthy finish.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Brézème|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef|
|Cellarage||Drink on its youthful fruit or up to 9 to 12 years after vintage|
|Vinification||Grapes are manually sorted in the vineyard after hand picking to ensure perfect ripeness then fermented in small stainless steel vats to vinify each plot separately. Indigenous yeasts start the fermentation. After blending, 30 to 40% is matured in 500-600L barrels and the rest in tank for 10 months.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
In 1972, Jean-Marie Lombard took over family vineyards outside Livron-sur-Drôme and was rewarded when Brézème Côtes-du-Rhône was granted AOC status two years later. It was only in the early 1980s, with the encouragement of winemakers such as Gérard Chave, that Jean-Marie elected to strike out on his own and bottle his own wine, but the results thoroughly justified his decision.
In 2011, on the retirement of Jean-Marie and Sylvette Lombard, the Domaine was bought by Philippe Sapet. Its 23 hectares are now managed by son-in-law, Jonathan Alméras and Philippe's daughter daughter Pauline (a nurse). They are champions for sustainability, organic farming and aim to be certified biodynamic.
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