Domaine La Manarine 2018 Cotes du Rhone AOC
Item Number: 13950
Sub Region: Southern Rhone
Appellation/AVA: Cotes du Rhone AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Grenache
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Deep layers consisting of more than 60% hard limestone "galets roulés" (large smooth pebbles)
Winemaking Notes: The standard bearer of the Domaine La Manarine is the Côtes du Rhône Rouge produced from the younger (but not young) vines (average 35 years old) of the estate. The grapes are destemmed before the fermenting in stainless steel tank and fiberglass. and the maceration is on the order of three weeks duration. The wine is aged in stainless steel and enamelled tanks and bottled without filtration after twenty to twenty-four months of élevage.
Tasting Notes: This wine is 100% Grenache and produces a classically spicy, full-bodied wine that speaks clearly of the garrigue of the region. Lots of character and originality but still rustic.
Location Notes: Domaine La Manarine now encompasses 18 hectares of vineyards situated primarily on what is known as the "Le Plan de Dieu" (God's workfield). For generations, this specific terroir has been recognized as unique. Recent research has identified the particular character of the underlying soil: a deep layer consisting of more than 60% hard limestone "galets" (large smooth pebbles). They impart character, facilitate drainage, and retain and radiate back heat during the cooler nights. The climate is typically Mediterranean: relatively hot and dry with an average rainfall of between 600 and 800 mm per year. The rains usually come in the form of thunderstorms in late August which provide the vines with the water necessary to finish the maturation process (which tends to shut down under stressful drought conditions). Therefore, despite the lack of rain and the heat of the Mediterranean climate, Gilles Gasq is located in a region blessed with soils that provide enormous potential to craft high quality, ripe and expressive wines.