Brotte Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne Domaine Grosset
Generosity and Balance
Located in Cairanne, Domaine Grosset originates with Alain Grosset, Laurent Brotte’s father-in-law. The Grosset family has always been very active in the farming and social life of the village and contributed to the development of the AOC.
Domaine Grosset, situated at the foot of the old provencal village of Cairanne, covers an area of 22 ha, one hectare of which is 100 year old Grenache. Some vines are so old, they can no longer be trained.
The domain is made up of two very different soil types: grey marl and sand, giving structure and lively fruit and rocky clay and sand that gives powerful aromatics. The hot, dry Mediterranean climate is ideal for ripening the varietals of our terroir: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.
Yield is controlled at 35hl/ha and is lower than that allowed by the AOC (38hl/ha), thus favouring concentration.
Whether it be viticulture, wine making, maturation or bottling, we respect the modalities of the Terra Vitis label, thus protecting man and the environment.
Soils are ploughed throughout the year using sustainable agriculture principles. Green period tasks such as de-budding, leaf thinning and green pruning, limit yields thus improving quality. Grapes are hand-harvested and transported rapidly in small crates to avoid crushing berries and chance of oxidation. We then fully de-stem and crush the grapes. Fermentation is maintained at 28˚C, followed by a maceration of three weeks. The most tannic wines of Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache are matured in French oak barrels (1/3 new, 1/3 one wine, 1/3 two wines) while the most supple Grenache is aged in concrete tanks and 100 year old, large oak vats to conserve the fruit. Bottling is done in March after more than a year of ageing, after a light filtration.
Generosity and balance characterize this cuvée.
The Emblem of Domaine Grosset
Located in a very pastoral environment, at the foot of the village and it’s church, with mountains on the horizon, Alain Grosset chose to represent his estate with his simple farmhouse, along with a cherub, protector of nature.