Cuvée des Galets, Côtes du Rhône 2016

75cl Les Vignerons D'Estezargues Grenache, Carignan,Syrah France > Rhone Juicy, easy drinking
"'Non- filtered', this robust, romping 14.5 per cent alcohol red states boldly on its label, and indeed it is. Any of you looking for a delicious, crimson purple, crunchy, violet-scented Rhône will have met their match with this one. Swig this hearty red from the Estezargues co-operative in the southern Rhône's Gard département with barbecued sausages or grilled red meats" Jane MacQuitty, 50 Best Red wines for Summer

Les Vignerons d’Estézargues is a southern Rhône cooperative located in the Gard Département near Villeneuve-Les-Avignon. It is however a cooperative with a difference. Originally guided by Jean-Francois Nicq who joined in 1989 they chose to vinify separately and make single cuvées from the best plots of land from each of their 10 vignerons members in contrast to many other Côtes du Rhône cooperatives who had been producing high yield and lower quality wines in those years.This individual cuvées policy put in place since 1995 proved to be very successful and the coop began to stand out from the crowd. They became even more daring in the late 90s by throwing in to the mix a completely natural wine approach: no external yeasts, no filtration, no fining, no enzymes, no SO2 on the grapes at harvest or during vilification, and just a drop at time of bottling. Now under the guidance of Denis Deschamps they are part of a movement in France that pushes ‘reasoned agriculture’, the minimum use of chemicals in the vineyards and fields.

 

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