Domaine de l’Edre “l’Edre” Côtes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The vineyard consists of nearly 25 acres which are planted on clay/limestone schistous terroirs in a vast amphitheater called “Le Cirque,” stretching south/southwest towards Tautavel.
- Sustainably grown, with all viticultural work done by hand and organic manure used for fertilizer. Green harvested to keep yields down.
Varietal Composition: 60% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 10% Carignan
Elaboration: Fruit was sorted during harvest (also by hand) and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks, where it was sorted a second time before vinification. Yields of 1.47 tons/acre! Fermentation began naturally with wild yeasts. Grapes were fully de-stemmed. Macerated 25 – 28 days on the skins (extraction by racking and pigeage). Aged 12 months in 2nd use French oak barrels. Unfiltered and unfined.
Tasting Notes: Inky purple/black color. Layers of dark fruit (cassis, black cherry) on the nose, with prominent oak, underlying mineral character, and hints of graphite/pencil shavings. A big wine, with firm tannins and a long, persistent finish.
2012 – 96 Wine Advocate
2013 – 95 Wine Advocate
2014 – 92 Wine Advocate
2015 – 94 Jeb Dunnuck | 94-96 Wine Advocate
2016 – 92+ Wine Advocate | 96 Jeb Dunnuck
2017 – 93-95 Jeb Dunnuck | 94 Wine Advocate
2018 – 92-94 Wine Advocate
Jacques Castany and Pascal Dieunidou are two wine fanatics, farming inherited vines part-time in the village of Vingrau (Roussillon). With limited acreage, average yields of just 1.05 tons/acre, and consistently stellar press, the wines are naturally in short supply, though there are plans to slowly increase production to meet demand.