Domaine de Couron
Côtes du Rhône
Grower: Jean-Luc and Marie-Lise Dorthe
Grape Varieties: Grenache (60%) and Syrah (40%), with an average vine age of 46 years.
Village: Saint Marcel d’Ardeche, 45 miles northwest of Avignon. The area is rich with ancient ruins, including vestiges of a Roman outpost. The vineyard once served as a Roman military outpost.
Soil: Drift boulders of limestone, for the first 2 meters over granite and alluvial clay.
Vinification: Integrated farming, with hand harvesting, organic herbicides use, no pesticides and the utilization of sustainable agriculture which respects the environment established by the Forum de l'Agriculture Raisonnée Respecteuse l'Environnement. Three passes in the vineyard, for only, unbroken healthy grapes. Grenache and Syrah are de-stemmed entirely. Fermentation at 45 °F for a duration of 21 days, without oak.
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88 Points Wine Spectator 2011 Vintage !
“Lightly dusty-edged black cherry and black currant fruit is lined with a graphite note. A hint of lavender chimes in on the finish.”
87 Points! Wine of the day!
Wine Spectator 31 August 2014