With this wine, we have used all our ancestral savoir-faire to craft a prestigious Côtes-du-Rhône. This is an elegant wine with a very typical character celebrating the traditional grape variety, the king of the Southern Rhône Valley: the Grenache Noir.
In order for the grape to express its full potential, the soil is worked sustainably, with a rigorous pruning in winter, green harvesting and leaf thinning in spring to reduce the yield. The grapes are harvested when they are fully ripe.
Appearance – Bright, pale grenadine hue with purplish tints.
Nose – Open and complex, with aromas of red and yellow fruit, citrus and roses.
Palate – The clean entry to the palate reveals a fresh, fruity wine with notes of strawberries and grapefruit. The balance between a gorgeous fat and a lovely lively acidity is perfect. Some citrus and cherry aromas are accompanied by a beautiful roundness.
LOCATION, TERROIR & VINIFICATION
The grapes are sourced from small wine producers in the Rhône Valley, all of whom have been working in partnership with Maison Brotte for several decades. The winemaking process is where Brotte shows all its savoir-faire and expertise when it comes to the regional grape varieties.
We have selected vines planted in beautiful silty-clay and sand terroirs that receive a lot of sunshine. The hot, dry climate helps the grapes to ripen well and also helps to maintain the vineyards in good health. The Grenache grape variety, picked early, tends to develop thiolated aromas such as those of citrus and exotic fruit. Syrah adds complexity with notes of red fruit.
VINIFICATION & AGEING
The different grape varieties are blended together directly upon reception after undergoing a rigorous selection process on the sorting table. The pneumatic pressing is direct and gentle and carried out at low pressure. Some of the juices are also obtained from the bleeding (saingé) process, particularly for the Grenache grapes. After a cold settling of the must overnight at 10°C, the alcoholic fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats at a low temperature of 16-18°C. We do not carry out the malolactic fermentation to preserve as much freshness as possible. We then age the wine for 6 months on its fine lees with regular bâtonnages (stirring of the lees) in stainless steel vats. The wine is bottled in the March or April following the harvest.
Serve at 9 or 10°C.
Try it as an aperitif or paired with pistou soup, tabbouleh, anchoïade, aïoli, summer salads, charcuterie or sliced chicken served with fresh vegetables.
Brand: Brotte – La Collection
Classification: AOC Côtes-du-Rhône
Region: Rhône Valley (France)
Grape Varieties: Grenache Noir complemented by Syrah