Rasteau: Domaine Saint Gayan 'Ilex' 2016
A strapping Rasteau wine with dark ruby colour, copious quantities of chocolate and black cherry flavours and warming tannins. This warming blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault out-punches and out-points many a Châteauneuf' and is just the kind of wine to cosset one through a chilly winter.
An excellent Rasteau called 'Ilex' (after Quercus Ilex the endemic species of oak tree) that achieved full A.O.C. status in the 2010 vintage. It hails from a broadly similar blend to the Domaine Saint Gayan Gigondas and, although not quite as concentrated and powerful, the Rasteau is still a bold, fruit-packed wine. It is ideally suited to earthy stews and casseroles and will age well for 5-10 years if properly cellared.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Rasteau|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Casserole|
|Cellarage||This Rasteau wine appreciates 2-3 years of bottle age from the vintage, but will continue to improve for a further 5 years.|
|Vinification||Old vines and a minimum of 20 days' vatting at a high-ish temperature ensures concentrated extraction. Each grape variety is fermented separately. The wines spend 2 years in cuve then a further year in oak casks.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14.5|
Domaine Saint Gayan (Jean-Pierre Meffre)
The Meffres have been vignerons at Gigondas since the 17th Century and have played a key role in the success of the appellation. Roger Meffre (Jean-Pierre's father) was president of the Syndicat des Vignerons de Gigondas and was instrumental in winning Appellation Contrôllée status for Gigondas in 1971 and changing the law regarding the wine's Grenache content (raised from a maximum of 65% to 85% in 1985). The 33 hectare Domaine Saint Gayan, now run by Jean-Pierre, is one of the commune's finest estates and an important player in our portfolio.
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