Once belonging to a general of Napoleon Bonaparte's army , this vineyard is located in the village of Valréas in the Drôme department. Napoleon's head is represented on the label in reference to the former owner. Valréas is one of the 20 villages allowed to mention their name of the label thanks to their exceptionnal terroir.Valréas is just north of Vinsobres, its slightly cooler terroir is perfect to grow Syrah. By blending it with the king grape of Southern Rhône Valley, Grenache, we obtain a perfect balance between the spices, the freshness of Syrah and the generosity, and roundness of Grenache.
Hillside vineyards of clay and siliceous soil
Syrah 50%,Grenache 50%.
Total destemming, 15 to 20 days vatting time, daily release. Controlled Temperature between 27 to 30° C.
8 months in concrete vat
Intense ruby red color with purple glints. The nose is powerful with dominant red and black berries such as black currant. The wine exhibits Mediterranean spices such as tyme and rosemary as well as liquorice notes. The wine is well balanced with good concentration, soft and smooth tannins. Very good length
To enjoy now or can be kept 5-6 years. Serve at 14 °C - 16 °C.
It will match perfectly a rack of lamb with tyme and rosemary, any Mediterranean dish, steaks, stews and cheeses.
2018 : Gold Pertuis // Gold Paris
2017 : 1* Guide Hachette //Gold Gilbert & Gaillard
2016 : 1* Guide Hachette //Gold Féminalises// Gold Gilbert & Gaillard
2015 : Silver Decanter // Gold Paris // Gold Gilbert & Gaillard // 88 Pts Wine Spectator