Terroir Daronton, AOC Vacqueyras, Rosé, 2018

Story

The wine
En réunissant un collectif de 236 artisans-vignerons au coeur du Massif des Dentelles de Montmirail, Rhonéa rassemble un des plus riches terroirs viticoles du Rhône appelé Daronton, du nom de ses fondateurs il y a près de trois générations. Issu d’un volcanisme froid il y a 60 millions d’années, les Dentelles de Montmirail se composent d’une mosaïque de roches salées, d’argiles bleues et de roches calcaires qui apportent aux vins un caractère puissant, élégant et profond. Ces couches de sédiments, emprisonnées à plusieurs kilomètres sous terre, ressurgissent à la surface pour former un terroir unique au monde.
Terroir
Cru Vacqueyras is a blend of wines from various parts of the appellation with different terroirs : soils with river stones on the surface, zaffer, and deep clay.
Vinification
Our vineyard management and winemaking methods, handed down through several generations, make the very most of the Vacqueyras terroir. Our cellarmaster tastes all the vats carefully and selects the best. The grapes are brought to the winery in the cool of the early-morning. After around twelve hours’ low-temperature skin contact (10°C), the freerun juice is collected and the grapes are pressed slowly. Only the first pressings go into our wine. Once blended, alcoholic fermentation takes place at 16-18°C.
Varietals
Cinsault
Grenache
Specifications
Alcohol content: 13.5 % vol.

Advice

Tasting notes
The powerful, complex bouquet displays hints of raspberry, blackberry, and red fruit, and the wine is fruity, full-bodied, and thirst-quenching on the palate. The aftertaste has a hint of pink pepper.
Food pairing
This wine is ideal as an aperitif and with Provençal cooking : cold ratatouille with pine nuts, pissaladière (a savoury tart with onions, olives, and anchovies), grilled lamb chops with herbs, purple artichokes with mushrooms à la barigoule, etc.