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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
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 de Nalys
Nalys is one of Châteauneuf-du-Pape's oldest estates, mentioned as early as the 17th Century in a village land survey. Domaine de Nalys belonged to the Nalys family until the French Revolution, when it was bought by a Châteauneuf-du-Pape family who would tend it for seven generations, ending with Dr. Philippe Dufay who lovingly cared for the estate, growing it substantially between 1955 and 1975. Today Domaine de Nalys’ 50 hectare estate is owned by a group of young winegrowers and their investors. Unusually, all of the appellation´s thirteen permitted grape varieties are represented in the three terroirs found on the estate, with its oldest vines dating back to the beginning of the century. White wine grapes account for 20% of the estate’s crop. 

Domaine de Nalys Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Classique Blanc
Website: http://domainedenalys.com
Grapes: all 6 allowed white varietals are blended in this wine ~ Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul & Picardan.
Vinification: Picked by hand. Fermented in stainless steel tanks. No malolactic fermentation to preserve freshness & acidity of the wine.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Appearance: Pale yellow
Nose: Citrus & white flowers
Palate: Fresh & fruity mouthfeel with citrus flavors & lovely minerally notes.
Pairing: smoked fish, steamed shellfish, grilled fish, veal, risotto with asparagus

Domaine de Nalys Cuvée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Classique Blanc - Info sheet
Domaine de Nalys Cuvée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Classique Blanc - Shelf talker

Domaine de Nalys Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Classique
Grapes: 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsaut, Vaccarèse, Terret Noire & Counoise
Vinification: Picked by hand. Vinification takes place in stainless steel and oak vats. Maturation lasts 20 months in concrete vats and partly in oak.
Alcohol: 14.5%
Appearance: Ruby red
Nose: Ripe and spicy red fruit
Palate: Flavors of cinnamon and blackberries create a harmonious wine with a long & vibrant finish.
Pairing: Beef or lamb in thyme marinade, charcuterie, strong cheeses

Domaine de Nalys Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Classique - Info Sheet
Domaine de Nalys Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Classique - Shelf Talker

Domaine de Nalys Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réserve
Grapes: mainly Syrah with some Grenache & Mourvèdre
Vinification: Grapes are totally hand-picked & destalked before being vinified. Maceration fo 25 days. Aging for 16 months, partly in oak, partly in a concrete tank.
Alcohol: 14.5%
Appearance: Deep purple red
Nose: Blackberry, liquorice & black olives.
Palate:  Flavors of black cherries and dark plums with hints of tobacco & roasted nuts. Nice tannic structure. A powerhouse of a wine.
Pairing: roasted lamb, beef and gamey meats

Domaine de Nalys Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réserve - Info sheet
Domaine de Nalys Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réserve - 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 Le Mourre
Domaine le Mourre takes the name from the Provencal "Lou Mourre" which means little hill.  The vineyard on this promontory has been grown for generations by the family owner of the estate vineyard.  This "Mourre" also containes traces of the 1st farmers of Vaucluse area dating from the Neolithic (5000 BC JC).  Indeed, quartzite pebbles (symbol of Chateauneuf- du- Pape soil) were discovered as well as elements of sickle and millstone, signs of a starting agricultural activity.  The vineyard benefits from ideal southern exposure for the grapes ripening that brings to wine both roundness and aromatic complexity.  Bronze Medal Vinsobres 2013.

Domaine Le Mourre Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Grapes:
100% Grenache
Alcohol: 14.5%
Appearance: Glowing garnet red
Nose:  Fresh red fruits and spice.
Palate:  Beautiful mouth feel with supple and melted tannins, nice sweetness and roundness for this wine.  Vibrant aromas and flavors of blackberry, raspberry, cassis, licorice.  Lots of smoky notes.  Well balanced.  Deep and rich with beautiful spicy notes.  Super long finish.

Domaine Le Mourre Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Info Sheet
Domaine Le Mourre Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Shelf Talker


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
 

Domaine Moulin d'Eole

Domaine Moulin d'Eole Coteaux du Pont du Gard Rouge
Grapes: 60% Carignan, 20% Syrah & 20% Grenache
Viniculture: 10 days of maceration
Alcohol: 12% vol.
Appearance: Inky plum
Nose: Cassis and black raspberries
Palate:  Rich summer plum, black cherries, hillside herbs and soft tannins.
Pairing:  Roast beef, cassoulet, roasted cauliflower and Raclette. 

Domaine Moulin d'Eole - Info Sheet
Domaine Moulin d'Eole - Shelf Talker


Les Collégiales

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
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Les Couventines

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

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

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

Réserve de Générac

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


Paul Blisson
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

 


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