Domaine de Menthon, AOC Beaumes de Venise, Rouge, 2016

Story

The wine
Located in Suzette, a village anchored in the lace-like landscape of Montmirail (Vaucluse), Château Redortier enjoys an exceptional panorama facing the Mont Ventoux, the Alpilles and a few km from Beaumes de Venise. The Château owes its name to the Latin "redortor" which means "fortified castle". Former high place of legendary battles, the ruins of the castle have been restored with the construction of a large farmhouse on their site. 35 hectares of vines classified as AOC Beaumes de Venise partly surround the property. Bought in 1956 by the De Menthon family, the estate was completely planted with vines. At this formidable location, the vines grow on a clayey-limestone terroir and a soil of the Trias. The very poor land gives very low yield vines.
Terroir
Limestone and marl soils from the Cretaceous period on our plot of land in the locality of "Châteauneuf Redortier". Yellow Triassic soil is found on the eastern slope under the village of Suzette on the plots of land known as "les Hauts", "la Martinelle" and "le Coulet". This variety of soils allows to temper the power of the wines coming from the yellow soils by the finesse and freshness of the wines coming from the marls of altitude.
In the vineyard
Age of the vines: Between 6 and 60 years old.
Vinification
Harvested by hand. Total de-stemming, traditional vinification, short vatting to keep the fruit and freshness, ageing in concrete vats.
Ageing
Aged in concrete vats for two winters. No fining. Light filtration. No addition of animal products.
Varietals
Grenache noir : 70%
Syrah : 30%

Advice

Tasting notes
This wine is full of fruit, roundness and finesse. On the palate, it is underlined by a spicy finish.
Food and wine pairings
Red or white meats, Mediterranean recipes, cheese platter.