Côtes du Rhône Villages: Vignerons Ardéchois 'Saint-Andéol' 2022
A full-bodied organic Syrah and Grenache blend from the slopes of the Ardèche. Voluptuous and velvety, this Côtes du Rhône Villages wine 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 to 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 (%)||15|
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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