Notre Dame des Pallières Côtes du Rhône Rouge “Les Rieus”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The vines that make up this Côtes du Rhône are located on different terroirs Sablet and Séguret, for the Vaucluse and Roquemaure for the Gard, this diversity gives the wine its inimitable particularity.
Varietal Composition: 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 5% Clairette Rose, 5% Cinsault
Elaboration: Harvested by hand for the most part, destemmed in full with a maceration of fifteen days by controlling the temperature, reassembly and shedding daily, respecting the fruit.
Tasting Notes: This wine is deep garnet red in color. The nose is on notes of fresh red fruits, on cherry, strawberry coulis. We note a beautiful roundness, flesh in the middle of the mouth and the aromas are of a beautiful persistence in the final.
ABOUT THE WINERY
Domaine Notre Dame des Pallières is a very old family estate, whose name comes from a place of pilgrimage visited by the Provençal people in the middle ages who believed that the fountain on the property would protect them from the plague.
Claude Roux and his cousin Jean-Pierre have so many generations of Gigondas wine making experience in their family that they don’t know exactly how many of their relatives have been involved up to now – Antique writings suggest that this Domain existed in the 900’s. Fortunately this tradition is continuing with Claude’s children, Isabelle and Julien, gradually taking over the day to day responsibilities of farming, production, and administration.
Vineyard holdings total 74 acres in Gigondas, Sablet, and Cotes du Rhone.
When asked about their methods they smile and explain that they are simply following the traditional methods of the family members that came before them.