Shiraz Grenache Cotes Du Rhone France
Saint-Esprit is a unique wine within the appellation of Côtes-du-Rhône. The harsh prevailing Mistral wind, spawned by variations of pressure in the Rhône's north to south microclimates, is one of the essential factors in the vines development. Cuvee Saint-Esprit comes from a small valley nestled in the northern part of the Ardeche. Vineyards here are planted on granite, to southerly facing slopes near the villages of Saint-Julien and-Saint-Alban. Authorized maximum yields are a scant 2.6 tons/acre, mostly of Syrah with a little Grenache.
High seasonal rainfall, hot temperatures and abundant sunshine are characteristic of Côtes-du-Rhône. All the grapes are de-stemmed, fermentation and maceration takes place in closed vats for a fortnight. Daily pumpovers ensure maximum extraction of flavour and good colour. After de-vatting and pressing, racking and completion of malolactic, a third of the parcels are transferred to a selection of seasoned oak barrels to integrate and develop during a term of maturation. The remainder is kept in vats to preserve fruit aromas, a course of regular rackings allow components to stabilise naturally. After coming of age, Saint Esprit is assembled and bottled following a light filtration.
Deep, dark colour, hues of plum. The nose is classically Syrah, exuding berry fruit aromas and violet notes, liquorice and spice. A full, rounded palate with long fruit, good acids and a nicely drying finish. Saint Esprit is optimally crafted to mate with robust Provençale style cuisine, games, stuffings and grilled meats.