Brotte Cairanne Domaine Grosset rouge 2016
VARIETIES : Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah
YIELD : 35 hl/ha
NUMBER OF BOTTLES: 32 000 b.
HISTORY AND VINEYARD :
Located in the village of Cairanne, Domaine Grosset belonged to Alain Grosset, Laurent Brotte’s father-in-law. The Grosset family has always been very active in the life of the village, especially in the development of its AOC. Domaine Grosset, just below the old town, covers 20ha and has Grenache vines of up to 100 years in age. The vineyard consists of two different types of soil: grey marls with sand, for freshness and structure, and terraces of sandy clay and stones, for aromatic intensity. The warm, dry Mediterranean climate is perfect for the maturity of the Grenache.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION :
Sustainable viticulture, de-budding, de-leafing and green harvest to limit the yield and increase the quality. Hand-picking into small cases and fast transportation to the winery to avoid berries’ crushing and oxidation. Desteming, gentle crushing. Fermentation at 28°C, followed by a 3 week maceration. The tannic Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre are aged in French oak barrels (1/3 new, 1/3 one wine, 1/3 two wines), while the softer Grenache is matured in concrete vats and 100 year old oak vats to preserve the fruit. Bottling takes place in March, after more than a year of ageing, and a light filtering.
“Generous and Harmonious”
Colour – Intense ruby colour with garnet glints.
Nose – Very elegant with complex aromas of red berries, warm spices and dry forest floor
Palate – Mouth warming and unctuous, its palate follows through from the nose with hints of cinnamon and red peppercorns married with ripe wild berries and prunes. The tannins are elegant giving way to a long toasted finish.
FOOD AND WINE MATCHING :
Enjoy with pheasant terrine, wild mushroom risotto, chicken ragout with green olives or a selection of cheeses - particularly blue.
VINTAGE : 2017 : A good year with low yields. With beautiful rich sugar and deep colours, the red wines are powerful, round and balanced. Whites and rosés are fat, full-bodied and have kept good freshness. 2016 : An exceptional year. The reds are aromatic, powerful, round, fine and balanced, while the whites display freshness, unctuosity, full body and great length.
Vint. 2016 : WINE SPECTATOR 90 – JEB DUNNUCK 89 - BETTANE+DESSEAUVE 13.5/20
As a Village :
Vint. 2015 : PARKER 89 - WINE SPECTATOR 89 – GAULT&MILLAU 15.5/20
Vint. 2014 : PARKER 87-89 – GAULT &MILLAU 14.5/20 – WINE SPECTATOR 87 – IWC 2017 Bronze Medal
Vint. 2013 : IWC 2016 Bronze Medal
Vint. 2012: PARKER 87-89 – DECANTER 15.75 (85+) - GAULT & MILLAU 14.5/20