Since 1931, five generations of the BROTTE family have been dedicated to the careful crafting of refined, elegantly fruity and spicy wines with a remarkably smooth character. Domaine Grosset belonged to Alain Grosset, Laurent Brotte’s father-in-law. The Grosset family has always been very active in the village of Cairanne’s community and cultural life and has greatly contributed to the development of the AOC.
Appearance – Ruby hue with carmine tints.
Nose – Elegant and fine. In its early youth, the nose is fresh with complex aromas of red berries and spicy notes. After four to five years of cellar-ageing, candied cherry, warm spices and undergrowth aromas dominate the first nose which then goes on to develop light red pepper and prune notes.
Palate – When young, the wine is fresh and soft with notes of redcurrants and green olives. With age, the palate softens and acquires great length with roasted aromas of strawberry jam, wild blueberries, truffles and liquorice.
The property’s vineyards in Cairanne are located below the old village. The plots are situated on the Echaffins, Blauvac and Ameillaud terroirs.
The vineyards cover an area of 25 hectares and are home to 100-year-old Grenache vines. They are made up of two very different types of soil: grey marl and sand, creating fresh fruit and structure, and stony sandy clay terraces, creating lovely aromatic power. The hot, dry Mediterranean climate is ideal for the ripening of the Grenache.
VINIFICATION & AGEING
The soils are ploughed during the year. Extensive green work is carried out to reduce yields and thereby improve the quality of the grapes. The grapes are harvested by hand and transported to the winery in small containers to prevent any oxidation. They are then completely destemmed and undergo a 3-week maceration. The Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache wines are aged in French oak barrels (1/3 new, 1/3 previously used for 1 fill, 1/3 for 2 fills) and the softer Grenaches are aged in concrete tanks and 100-year-old foudres to preserve their fruit. The wine is bottled in the March after more than a year of ageing and a light filtration.
Serve at 17°C.
Enjoy the wine when young, paired with a rib of grilled beef, a grilled rack of piglet or a chicken stew with green olives. With age, the wine will pair perfectly with a terrine of hare, beef stroganoff, lamb chops or a bull “gardianne”.
Name: Domaine Grosset
Brand: Brotte – Domaines & Châteaux
Classification: AOC Cairanne
Region: Southern Rhône Valley (France)
Grape Varieties: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre