Domaine Grosset 2014
VARIETIES : Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah
YIELD : 35 hl/ha
NUMBER OF BOTTLES / ALCOHOL D° : 32 000 b. – 14.5%vol
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, and terraces of sandy clay and stones. 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.
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 :
Serve at 17 °C.
Enjoy with pheasant terrine, wild mushroom risotto, chicken ragout with green olives or a selection of cheeses - particularly blue.
VINTAGE : 2015 : An excellent vintage. The wines have very long ageing capacity, or can be enjoyed as of today. Very well balanced, fruity, flavoursome wines, with noticeable fine tannins for the reds, spicy and aniseed finales for the whites. 2014 : Experience and anticipation of winegrowers were key that year. Red wines are fruity, very well balanced, round, with subtle tannins, and have less alcohol than average. The whites show good acidity and will reveal their character over ageing.
Vint. 2014 : PARKER 87-89 – GAULT &MILLAU 14.5/20 – WINE SPECTATOR 87