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Domaine La Font de Notre Dame, Rasteau 2019, Rhône

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Domaine La Font de Notre Dame, Rasteau 2019, Rhône

£18.50 Single Bottle
£16.65 Any 6 Mix
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Rasteau’s elevation to cru status in 2010, solely for its highly regarded dry red wines was widely welcomed. Domaine la Font de Notre Dame, a charming small domaine owned by brothers Frédéric and Boris Roux, produce a traditionally made Rasteau with typical appellation complexity.

Just east of Cairanne, Rasteau’s mainly south facing vineyards enjoy over 2,800 sunshine hours a year, and are relatively sheltered from the cold Mistral wind, allowing its vines to reap the full benefits of the warm, dry Mediterranean climate and making it home to the most intense and spiciest reds in the southern Rhône.

Rasteau is also noted the for variation in clay / limestone soil types found as the vineyards slope up from the river Ouvèze (at just 100m above sea level), contributing to the complexity of the appellation’s wines. The Roux brother’s Rasteau vineyards are near the top of the hill, at an altitude of 350m, and made up of brown chalk / clay marl and heat retaining pebbles, which protect the vines from night-time variations in temperature.

Seventy year-old Grenache forms the backbone of the blend, with Syrah, Mourvèdre and a hint of Cinsault added. Fermentation is in traditional 20hl concrete vats (the winery houses 8 in total) and the wine spends 12 months maturing in French oak before release. The small fountain still standing at the heart of this charming Domaine - once a place of pilgrimage for the Provençale people in the Middle Ages, who believed its waters could protect them from the Black Death - is illustrated on the label.

This is a rich and complex wine; the palate is brimming with ripe red summer fruits from Grenache, while Syrah brings a touch of peppery spice and Mourvèdre a savoury herbal twist. 

Great with slow-cooked lamb or pork, or pair with a hearty pie - traditional steak and kidney, or perhaps a spicy lentil and spinach version.

Quick Info

Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 14.5
Designation: AOC Rasteau
Blend: Grenache 60%, Syrah 20%, Mourvèdre 15%
BIN: BTL-0288
Current Stock: 10
Style: Red
Vegan: Yes
Vegetarian: Yes

More Information

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Grenache / Garnacha

Found throughout northern Spain and southern France, there are three variants: Grenache Noir, Blanc and Gris. 

Grenache Noir is the most common. It is generally spicy, berry-flavored and soft on the palate. Complex and intense notes of blackcurrants, black cherries, black olives, coffee, gingerbread, honey, leather, black pepper, tar, spices, and roasted nuts can also be found.

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Julien Dugas, Domaine Boutinot

Julien describes himself as ‘a man on the ground’; always close to the source of his wines and appreciating that this is the key to fantastic wine.

The philosophy of Domaine Boutinot is to make wines which are ready to be enjoyed as soon as they’re released, but which will continue to develop character and flavour when kept for several years.

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Rhône Valley, France

The Rhône Valley has been a hub of wine culture since ancient times. Viticulture arrived with the Greeks in the 4th century BC. But it was the Romans who really established the vineyards and reputation of the area using the Rhône as their highway through France.

The region's wines are known for their richness, depth, and complexity, and their ability to age beautifully. They many illustrious villages including Chateauneuf du Pape and Côte-Rôtie.

Product Reviews

2 reviews
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    Trusted Customer on 22nd Sep 2023

    I enjoyed the wine ,very nice

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    Trusted Customer on 30th Aug 2022

    If you like Chateauneuf du Pape this is similar and better value.