Côtes du Rhône Villages: Vignerons Ardéchois 'Saint-Andéol' 2019
Winning a 'Coup de Coeur' from French wine 'bible', the 'Guide Hachette' is a rare accolade. To triumph in its first vintage is remarkable; yet when you taste this full-bodied organic Syrah and Grenache blend from the slopes of the Ardèche, it’s easy to understand why. Described as 'voluptuous' and 'velvety', this full-bodied blend red has fleshy forest fruit aromas and flavours, underscored by savoury smoky notes and supple tannins.
Located in the limestone- and iron-rich soils of the Ardèche (between the Rhône valley and Provence), Saint-Andéol is one of the villages recently promoted to the highest quality level of Côtes-du-Rhône; named 'Villages' status in 2017. 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 Mediterranean pasta dishes, beef with pistou or a warming Moroccan tagine.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Côtes du Rhône|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Grenache, Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Casserole, Olives, Pasta|
|Cellarage||Drink now or will age gracefully over the next 3-4 years.|
|Vinification||A blend of Syrah and Grenache Noir that are destemmed, macerated and fermented separately before blending, settling and bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||16|
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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