A heavenly, generous blend of Grenache and Syrah - Southern Rhône staples from well established organic vineyards in the Plan de Dieu (‘Plain of God’), owned by former Châteauneuf-du-Pape winemaker Gilles Gasq.
Gilles is the former winemaker at Domaine Montpertuis, Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Searching for good terroir to establish his own organic vineyards in 2001, he had the foresight to focus on the valley spanning the communes of Violes, Travaillan, Jonquières and Camaret-sur-Aigues, an area which, in 2005, was granted ‘named’ Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation status.
Plan de Dieu (the ‘Plain of God’) is reputedly named from a period in the Middle Ages when an attempt to cross the valley, then a scrubland forest terrorized by bandits, ultimately meant committing your soul to God. Gilles’ commitment was more peaceful - to tend his vines following organic methods
This wine is full-bodied and textural with smooth, ripe tannins. The nose has liquorice and red and black fruit, which carry through to the palate with a salty, mineral edge. Structured yet approachable, the finish is long with hints of coffee and spice.
Delicious with lentil moussaka or a chicken and mushroom pie - comfort wine for comfort food.