Domaine Montmartel Côtes du Rhône Blanc
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The high percentage of Viognier in this blend imparts beautiful aromatics and a lovely, rich texture.
- Good sun exposure from the vineyard site helps this notoriously slow-ripening varietal to shine to its full potential.
- Grapes are sourced from certified organic vineyards.
Varietal Composition: 75% Viognier, 15% Roussane, 10% Clairette
Elaboration: The grapes are tasted regularly before harvest to make sure they are at their peak ripeness. The harvested grapes are de-stalked then gently pressed. The juice runs off and ferments at low temperatures for around 2 weeks.
Tasting Notes: A light fruity wine in a pale yellow robe. It is an easy to drink and refreshing wine, with notes of citrus and mace both on the nose and palate. A pleasant and balanced wine.
Family run estate, managed by the young and talented Damien Marres. In 2002 when Damien was 23 years old, he settled on one of the oldest properties of Visan, a domain that extends to Saint-Maurice and Valréas. It was his great-grandfather, Raoul Couston, who founded this vineyard in 1919 after the war. For decades, the great-grandfather has vinified his own grapes and harvests purchased from local winegrowers, identifying the beautiful plots that he bought to be a qualitative and coherent area. The Visan area of Montmartel covers 30 hectares in one piece, between vineyards and woods facing south. The land of hillsides, clay and limestone covered with rolled pebbles, and the vineyard dated a quarter century ago have been worked in sustainable agriculture since 2004, with organic certification since the 2010 vintage