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Domaine de Nalys -- Châteauneuf-du-Pape


NORTHERN RHÔNE


Vignerones Propriétés Associés 
A cooperative of winemakers with a love of their land, and the willingness to create and sustain quality wines.  They farm organically and are certified as «Terras Vitis ».  Their cooperative facilities started on the right bank of the Rhône, near Pont du Gard.


Vignerones Propriétés Associés- Crozes-Hermitage 
Grapes: Syrah 
Terrior: Granite, fluvio-glacial alluvium, Tain-l’Hermitage
Viniculture: Partly aged in French oak.
Alcohol: 12.5% vol.
Appearance: Dark red with purple notes
Nose: Black berries, green olives
Palate:  Dark intense black cherries, blackberry, green olives with subtle smoked fat notes.
Pairing: Cassoulet, braised meats, French onion soup

Château Vignerones Propriétés Associés Croze- Hermitage - Info Sheet
Château Vignerones Propriétés Associés Croze- Hermitage - Shelf Talker



SOUTHERN RHÔNE

Château des Roques 
A few miles from Avignon, Château des Roques is a 32 hectare estate set in the heart of the Vacqueyras, a Cru-Villages. Owner Pierre Seroul & winemaker André Fregière are both passionate about employing traditional winemaking methods while modernizing with modern equipment to reach the wine's full potential.

Château des Roques Vacqueyras Cuvée Blanche
Grapes: 25% Grenache Blanc, 25% Marsanne, 25% Bourboulenc, 25% Viognier
Viniculture: After a total destemmed, the fermentation period is approximately five weeks, at low temperature.
Aged in stainless steel tanks.
Alcohol
: 13% vol.
Appearance: The robe is elegant, revealing golden highlights.
Nose: Expressive with aromas of white flowers (hawthorn) and citrus notes.
Palate: On the palate it is ample with a nice freshness of grapefruit and lemon taste. Consistent and balanced with good persistence of pomelo citrus.

Château des Roques Vacqueyras Cuvée Blanche - Info Sheet
Château des Roques Vacqueyras Cuvée Blanche - Shelf Talker

Château des Roques Vacqueyras
Grapes: 70% Mourvedre, 15% Grenache, 15% Syrah.
Viniculture: Traditional winemaking practices. Wine is aged in French oak for 6 months.
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Appearance: Deep garnet hue
Nose: Black fruits with notes of spice.
Palate: A well balanced wine with a full body of concentrated black fruits on the front palate. Spicy notes linger on the long finish.

Château des Roques Vacqueyras - Info Sheet
Château des Roques Vacqueyras - Shelf Talker


Domaine Allégret

Didier Allégret has been the owner of Domaine Allegret for more than 30 years. It's a 40 ha vineyard of pebbly, red earth located in the South Rhone Valley near the town of Laudun. Son and brothers are working together in the domaine. The wine of Didier Allegret is elegant, frequently awarded and well known for its freshness and finesse.

The commune, Laudun, became an appellation in 1947 and was appointed to the Côtes du Rhône Villages status in 1967.  It is iconically known for a Roman site, the “Camp de César”, which is a plateau known for archaeological digs.  

Domaine Allégret  
Grapes:
Syrah and Grenache 
Terrior:  Pebby soil, red earth
Viniculture:  Stainless Steel
Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Appearance: Dark ruby red
Nose: Bright cherries, violets
Palate: Summer cherries with lingering hillside herbs, rose petals, white pepper undertones.  Soft tannins
Pairing: Grilled meats, roasted poultry, root vegetables, hardy cheeses, salumi

Domaine Allégret- Info Sheet
Domaine Allégret- Shelf Talkers

Domaine des Pères de L'Eglise
Four generations of wine growers whose passion has been the ground for more than two centuries because "the wine is first the grape".The Estate includes 19 hectares of which 15 are in Châteauneuf with plots located at the four cardinal points of the appellation: Serge and Laetitia Gradassi vinify the "chalice of St. Peter" and the Cuvée "inheritance" on the appeal Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the Côtes-du-Rhône and Vin de France in respect of the traditions. The grape harvest is exclusively manual. 

Domaine des Pères de L'Eglise Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
Grapes: 70% Grenache Blanc, 20% Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc
Terrior:
70% Limestone, 30% Sol Brun
Viniculture: Cold pre-fermentation maceration for 25 days. 50% Stainless steel tanks, 30% Muid (tonneau), 20% Old barrel. 
Alcohol: % vol.
Appearance: Golden in color.
Nose: Floral aromas with peach, pear and some notes of smoke and honey.
Palate: Beautiful amplitude in the mouth with light minerality. 
Pairing: Fish grilled or with cream sauce, crustaceans, sushi and cheeses. 

Domaine des Peres de L'Eglise Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc - Info Sheet
Domaine des Peres de L'Eglise Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc - Shelf Talker

Domaine des Peres de L'Eglise Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
Grapes: 85% Grenache noir, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre
Terrior: 30% Red Sandstone, 30% Sol Brun, 20% Limestone, 20% Galets roulés (large round pebbles).
Viniculture: Cold pre-frementation maceration for 25 days. 80%
Concrete tank, 20% Truncated tank. Then aged 40% Foudre (large oak barrel), 40% Concrete tank, 20% Old barrel.

Alcohol: % vol.
Appearance: Brilliant ruby robe.
Nose: Jammy red fruits (blackcurrant, blackberries), notes of leather and tobacco with a slightly smoked mineral side, an expression of "garrigues".
Palate: Beautiful volume, opulant with elegant spice and coated tannins. 
Pairing: Beef bourguignon, lamb, duck confit, garlic sausage and punget cheeses (Affidelice, Epoisse and Pont l'Eveque).

Domaine des Peres de L'Eglise Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge- Info Sheet
Domaine des Peres de L'Eglise Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge - Shelf Talker


Domaine du Petit Romain
Domaine du Petit Romain is a family-owned vineyard within the Costieres de Nimes region at the base of the Rhône Valley in southern France.  The owner, Bernard Angelras, named this estate of 67ha after his son, Romain. 35ha are planted with AOC vines. It is on the edge of the ancient town of Nîmes. Terra Vitis certified.

Domaine du Petit Romain Costières de Nîmes Rosé
Grapes: 70 % Grenache, 30% Cinsault.  
Terrior: The soils have large smooth stones from alluvial deposits from the Rhone and Durance Rivers on a clay-limestone subsoil.
Viticulture: Cold maceration to obtain the good color intensity.
Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Appearance: Bright red
Nose: White flower, rose petals, cherries
Palate: Warm cherries, minerality, nice acidic finish.  
Pairing: Grilled meats, Thai dishes, and spicy relishes.

Domaine du Petit Romain Costières de Nîmes Rosé - Info Sheet
Domaine du Petit Romain Costières de Nîmes Rosé - Shelf Talker

Domaine du Petit Romain Costières de Nîmes Rouge 
Grapes: 90% Syrah and 10% Grenache  
Viticulture: The grapes are harvested when perfectly ripe then destemmed.  Maceration lasts 18-20 days with perfect temperature control and careful extraction of the aromatic and polyphenolic elements (pumping-over and delestage).
Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Appearance: Deep purple with ruby red tones.
Nose: Raspberry and black currant, cinnamon and spice
Palate: Jammy strawberry, blackberry, blue berries, vanilla, pepper, cloves with youthful tannins.  
Pairing:  Steak, meat casseroles and ripe cheeses.

Domaine du Petit Romain Costières de Nîmes Rouge - Info Sheet
Domaine du Petit Romain Costières de Nîmes Rouge - Shelf Talker


Domaine Les Espérières

Domaine Les Espérières Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge
Grapes: 70% Grenache,  30% Syrah
Viniculture: Long maceration in stainless steel vats under controlled temperatures (1 month approximately).
Alcohol: % vol.
Appearance: Deep dense garnet color.
Nose: Wild strawberries and raspberries framed with light spice.
Palate: Mouth is fresh, full and silky flavors of wild fruit and garrigue. 
Pairings: Accompany with grilled meats, duck, ratatouille and cheeses (Comté and Camembert). 


Domaine Les Espérières Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge - Info Sheet
Domaine
Les Espérières Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge - Shelf Talker

Le Plan des Moines
The winery was started by three friends with almost sixty years of combined experience in the wine trade. Their goal is to produce terrific, genuine and natural Rhône wines. Named after the vineyard located between Remoulin and Avignon, the grapes are harvested and vinified the most natural way possible. 

Le Plan de Moines "La Borde"  Côtes-du-Rhône
Grapes: 60% Grenache, 40% Carignan
Soil & Climate: The 12 acres vineyard is North/South exposed. Soils are mainly sand and clay with round pebbles. The vines are between 25-50 years old. 

Viniculture: Manually harvested grapes, destemmed and put in stainless steel tanks for 18 days of fermentation. Maturing between 12 to 18th months in VAT before bottling. Rests 3 months in bottle.
Alcohol: % vol.
Appearance: Deep garnet color.
Nose: Delicate nose with notes of crisp red fruits, blackcurrant jelly, raspberries and cedar. 
Palate: Frank attack supported by fine and fleshy tannins and an almost mentholated finale. 
Pairing: A good accompaniment to pizza and all Mediterranean dishes. 

Le Plan de Moines "La Borde" Côtes-du-Rhône - Info Sheet

Le Plan de Moines "La Borde" Côtes-du-Rhône - Shelf Talker

Le Plan de Moines "Les Charretons" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Grapes: 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
Soil & Climate: Large pebbles and sand soil with Northeastern facing terrace. 

Viniculture: Grapes are manually harvested and vinified at the estate, destemmed then put in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation on skin 3-5 weeks with soft extractions and a regular work on the lees. Pneumatic pressing, blending of free run wine and press wine, the wine matures 18 months, 30% in oak barrel and 70% matured in tank. 
Alcohol: % vol.
Appearance: Nice deep red with red reflection.
Nose: Brandy cherry, laurel leaves, paprika and nutmeg notes.
Palate: Fine tannins in the mouth with notes of fresh red fruit, black licorice and cocoa.
Pairing: The aromatics of this wine compliments red meat dishes (beef and lamb!) and game. 

Le Plan de Moines "Les Charretons" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Info Sheet
Le Plan de Moines "Les Charretons" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Shelf Talke


Louise Dubois


Louise Dubois Ma Belle Réserve Côtes du Rhône
Viniculture: Sediment limestone with pebbles and alluvia. Certified organic.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Appearance: A nice bright color, deep and dark red
Nose: On the nose this wine presents ripe fruits aromas, with fig aromas and spicy notes
Palate: On the palate, after a frank attack comes a roundness, a good concentration with smooth tannins. A full wine with a long finish, plenty of elegance and finess.
Pairings: This wine will ideally complement game stew, roasts and read meat as well as mature cheeses.

Louise Dubois Ma Belle Réserve Côtes du Rhône - Sales Sheet
Louise Dubois Ma Belle Réserve Côtes du Rhône - Shelf Talker
   

Vignerons Propropriétés Associés

Vignerons Propriétés Associés is a cooperative of winemakers located around Nmes with a love of their land, and the willingness to create and sustain quality wines.  They farm organically and are certified as «Terras Vitis». 

Les Collégiales Vacqueyras
Grapes: Grenache 70%, Syrah 25%, Mourvèdre 5%
Viniculture: Traditional winemaking practices. Wine is aged in stainless steel.
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Appearance: Deep garnet hue
Nose: Black fruits with notes of spice.
Palate: Ripe fruit, black currant coulis, strawberry jam, spice, licorice and violets. Rich tannins, elegant.
Pairing: Grilled steak with sea salt, or well-made cheeses like Camembert

Les Collégiales Vacqueyras - Info Sheet
Les Collégiales Vacqueyras - Shelf Talker


Les Couventines Gigondas

Grapes: 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre 
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Appearance: Dark ruby
Nose: Ripe baked cherries with licorice and vanilla undertones
Palate:  Hedonistic jammy black cherries, black berries and raspberries layered with peppercorn, fresh hillside herbs and anise
Pairing: Lamb, Boeuf Bourguignon, Coq au Vin

Les Couventines Gigondas - Info Sheet
Les Couventines Gigondas - Shelf Talker


Ozilhan Réservé Côtes du Rhône Blanc 

Grapes: White Grenache, Viognier, Roussanne & Clairette
Terroir: Urgonian limestone scree and ancient alluvia. 50 hl/ha. 
Viticulture: Skin-maceration and cold pre-fermentation, drained juices on fresh harvest, cold settling, low-temperature fermentation
Alcohol: 13% vol.
Appearance: Pale golden yellow
Nose: Floral fragrances, and lime flower
Palate: Round and fleshy in the mouth, nice acidity. Well balanced with warm summer apples
Pairing: Raclette, poultry, pasta and summer salads. 

Ozilhan Réservé Côtes du Rhône Blanc - Info Sheet
Ozilhan Réservé Côtes du Rhône Blanc - Shelf Talker

Ozilhan Réservé Côtes du Rhône Rosé
Grapes: 40% Grenache / 20% Cinsault / 40% Syrah
Terrior: 40hl per hectare from 100 hectares, loess soils.
Viticulture: Destemmed grapes, bled juices on fresh harvest, cold settling
Alcohol: 13% vol.
Appearance: Bright pale pink
Nose: Intense with floral fragrances blending with small red fruit
Palate: Tart raspberries and currants with excellent minerality and acidity. 
Pairing: Hors d’oeuvres, charcuterie and barbecue 

Ozilhan Réservé Côtes du Rhône Rosé - Info Sheet
Ozilhan Réservé Côtes du Rhône Rosé - Shelf Talker 

Ozilhan Réservé Côtes du Rhône Rouge  
Grapes: 60% Syrah / 40% Grenache
Terrior: Limestone scree and ancient alluvia. 40 to 50 hl/Ha
Alcohol: 13% vol.
Appearance: Deep ruby
Nose: Ripe red fruits
Palate: Raspberries, black cherries, integrated spices and lush mouth feel.
Pairing: Mountain cured meats, barbecues and cheeses

Ozilhan Réservé Côtes du Rhône Rouge - Info Sheet
Ozilhan Réservé Côtes du Rhône Rouge -- Shelf Talker


Paul Blisson Costières de Nîmes

Grapes:
 75% Syrah and 25% Grenache- Rosé
Terrior:  Smooth stones from alluvial deposits from the Rhone and durance rivers. Limestone and clay soil.
Viticulture: Alcohol: 12.5% vol.
Appearance: Rose petal pink
Nose:  Peach and citrus blossoms
Palate:  Subtle notes of cherries, raspberries and currants with soft minerality and acid.
Pairing: Charcuterie, fresh fruits and soft cheeses.

Paul Blisson Costières de Nîmes- Info Sheet
Paul Blisson Costières de Nîmes - Shelf Talker

Réserve de Générac Costières de Nîmes Rosé  
Grapes: 75% Syrah and 25% Grenache
Terrior: The soils have large smooth stones from alluvial deposits from the Rhône and
Durance Rivers on a clay-limestone subsoil.
Viticulture: Maceration lasts 18-20 days, careful extraction of the aromatic and polyphenolic elements (pumping-over and delestage). When malolactic fermentation is complete, the wines are racked twice and blended. Then they are left to mature in vats for 8 months.
Alcohol: 12.5% vol.
Tasting Notes
Appearance: Ruby red
Nose: Raspberry and black currant
Palate: Summer raspberries and cherries, white pepper with lingering hillside herbs.  
Pairing: Salami, pasta, hearty cheeses

Réserve de Générac Costières de Nîmes Rosé -- Sales Sheet
Réserve de Générac Costières de Nîmes Rosé -- Shelf Talker

Réserve de Générac Costières de Nîmes  
Grapes: 75% Syrah / 25% Grenache
Terrior: The soils have large smooth stones from alluvial deposits from the Rhone and Durance Rivers on a clay-limestone subsoil.
Viticulture: Maceration lasts 18-20 days, careful extraction of the aromatic and polyphenolic elements (pumping-over and delestage). When malolactic fermentation is complete, the wines are racked twice and blended. Then they are left to mature in vats for 8 months.
Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Appearance: Deep purple
Nose: Raspberry and black currant
Palate: Rich black raspberries exploding with tart currant, linger spices and subtle herbaceous notes.  
Pairing: Poultry, barbecues, and savory side dishes.

Réserve de Générac Costières de Nîmes - Info Sheet
Réserve de Générac Costières de Nîmes - Shelf Talker


 


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