Domaine de Pisan, AOC Rasteau, Rouge, 2016

Story

The wine
Plunging their roots in the pebble hills of the Southern Rhône Valley, the robust vines of the Rasteau vineyard, swept by the mistral, with grapes ripened in the gentle heat of the pebbles, produce wines that are both powerful and elegant.
Terroir
Clay-limestone of 15 ha at 310 m altitude.
In the vineyard
Planting density 4,000 vines / ha, 100% manual harvest, yield: 38 hl / ha, short pruning in a goblet and Royat cordon, reasoned cultivation, mechanical tillage, organic manuring. The average age of the vines is around 50 years.
Vinification
Classic vinification with 100% de-stemming, long macerations followed by many with punching down to increase the extraction of aromas.
Maturing
Aging in French oak barrels for 12 months on 50% of the blend.
Varietals
Grenache noir : 50%
Syrah : 40%
Mourvèdre : 10%

Advice

Tasting notes
Intense and bright garnet color, nose of forest fruits, spices and roasting, mouth with silky tannins, fresh on the fruit, good balance, empyreumatic and spicy notes with a liquorice finish.
Food pairing
Beef ribs, duck, roast pheasant and soft cheeses.