Caves Saint-Pierre have been growing and producing wine in the Southern Rhone since 1898. Their estate lies in the heart of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, from which they produce two reds and a white, but the relationships they have with other vignerons in the region have allowed them to expand their winemaking to include Gigondas, Tavel and many others, including this Cotes du Rhone.
A blend of Grenache and Syrah, taken from 40-year-old vines, this 'Vieilles Vignes' expression is robust and complex, with plush, dark, primary fruits, spicy notes, and enticing savoury, earthy tones. Lovely fine-grained tannins complete the picture, and support the palate through to its lingering finish.
This is incredible value Cotes du Rhone.
The fruit for this wine was sourced from vineyards selected especially for their age, potential productivity, soil types and specific terroir. The wine is made exclusively from vines of 40-years-old, characterised by their twisted and gnarled rootstocks.
The grapes were separated from the bunches before being crushed, and the extraction techniques and gentle pumping over ensured that the delicate flavours were not lost through over-extraction. The wines were carefully matured in the cellars in larger vats, to allow maximum integration in preparation for bottling and to retain the fresh and delicate flavours.
Tasting reveals that this is to be a fine dark red wine, developing a pleasant mixture of fresh fruit aromas, toasty in the middle, with a caramel and mocha finish. Its fruit and aroma richness makes this wine elegant.
Caves Saint Pierre was created in 1898 by the Bouchon family who already owned the negociant firm of Maison Bouchon. The estate changed hands in 2001 when it was purchased by Skalli Family Wines. The Bouchon family continues to manage the estate and the negociant firm today.
Caves Saint Pierre and Maison Bouchon produces and markets a wide range of wines from the Southern Rhone Valley from a myriad of appellations. Some of the appellations they produce are Chateauneuf-du-Pape, both red and white, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Tavel, Ventoux as well as Cotes du Rhone.