La Bastide St Dominique Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2010
- Bastide St Dominique
- Châteauneuf du Pape
- Grenache (80%), Syrah (10%), Mourvèdre (5%), Cinsault (5%)
- 6 x 75cl
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Intense ruby-red with purple lights. Intense nose of ripe red fruits, kirsch liqueur and blackberries. This evolves to complex notes of laurel, pepper, cardmom and pine resin. Opulent on the attack, with full body and elegant tannins. The finish is long, fresh and spicy. Drink with Terrine of pheasant with dried fruits or saddle of lamb with juniper berries.
Temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel vats for a period of 18 days with pigeage and pumping-over. Ageing in vat for 18 months prior to bottling.
Bastide St Dominique, established in 1976, is situated near Courthézon to the east of the appellation of Châteauneuf du Pape. The Bastide of the name refers to a the rather grand and venerable fortified farmhouse where the impressive winery, barrel rooms, bottling line and tasting room are housed. The estate itself owns 10.5 hectares of vineyards in Châteauneuf du Pape (1.8 planted to white varieties) spanning seven Lieux-Dits in which the vines are at worst mature and at best ancient. In addition to this, the estate also purchases fruit from specific plots and specific growers, whether Côtes du Rhone or VDP, where they really love the quality and the terroir. All of this gives Eric Bonnet, one of the Rhône Valley's most talented young wine makers, plenty to work with and the results are deeply impressive. From VDP up to the CDNP at the top level, the wines are rich, with stunning purity of fruit, beautiful detail and real freshness.