Côtes du Rhône: Vignerons Ardéchois 'Montjau' 2020
Situated on the pebble-stone soils of Montjau in the Ardèche, this full-bodied organic Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan blend is a step up from most Côtes du Rhône. With a chocolatey, spicy nose and velvety rich cassis and black cherry palate, this full-bodied blend red has supple tannins and a peppery finish. Certified organic.
Located in the limestone- and iron-rich soils of the Ardèche (between the Rhône valley and Provence), Montjau is located on the slopes of Bourg-Saint-Andéol and is one of the villages permitted to append its name to Côtes du Rhône on labels. Benefiting from a Mediterranean climate alongside soils full of heat-retaining pudding stones (the same as those found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape), the steep hillsides around Bourg-Saint-Andéol help capture the sunshine to ripen the fruit that is also cooled by the Mistral winds.
Serve with a roasted vegetable ratatouille, grilled meats or a warming Moroccan tagine.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Côtes du Rhône|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Casserole, Mushrooms, Olives, Pasta|
|Cellarage||Drink now or will age gracefully over the next 3 to 4 years.|
|Vinification||A blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache Noir and Carignan that are destemmed, macerated and fermented separately before blending, settling and bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14|
The Vignerons Ardéchois Cave Co-opérative (also known as U.V.I.C.A - Union des Vignerons des Coteaux de l'Ardèche) has its roots in the late 1960s when the Presidents of 7 major Cave Co-opératives agreed a unified policy of modernisation, re-planting and marketing. Based in the town of Ruoms, 20 kilometres south of Aubenas this forward-thinking, modernist collective has done much to revive the fortunes of this ancient vine-area, which dates back to Roman times. Today the Vignerons Ardéchois co-operative represents some 2000 grape growers from 21 different smaller co-operatives. U.V.I.C.A is a terrific source of keenly-priced, well made single variety wines and accessible, fruit-driven blends.
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