Domaine de la Citadelle Luberon Rouge “Les Artemes”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Sourced from their high altitude vineyards in the Artèmes Plateau.
- Exposure is Southern on sandstone surface soil with a limestone base.
- This is the most southerly of their terroirs and it produces wines with fantastic structure. Huge aging potential.
Varietal Composition: 70% Syrah, 30% Grenache.
Elaboration: Harvest completely de-stemmed. Fermented in thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks with regular pumping over and punching down. Long maceration of 25-28 days. Aged in neutral barrel.
Tasting Notes: Beautiful intense ruby colour. A highly expressive nose, with rich aromas of raspberry and blackcurrant highlighted by a hint of pepper and juniper. The palate finds allies this fruit with great structure, freshness and balance, with very smooth tannins which carry the flavours right through to the delicately woody end note.
Luberon is too often overlooked as a top flight Rhone appellation. You’ll see it differently once you taste our current releases from the quiet powerhouse of Domaine de la Citadelle.
The property is brand new in the context of French viticulture – Yves Rousset-Rouard established the Domaine in 1989 after purchasing what was then a dilapidated farmhouse surrounded by 8 hectacres of vines. Yves’ son Alexis came on board in the mid-nineties, and since then the Domaine’s holdings have expanded to 40 hectares divided into 62 vineyard plots set on a broad array of soil types. All Rhone varietals are in use here. Farming is passionately organic and has been that way for 25 years.