Vignerons d'Estezargues Rive Droite Rive Gauche Cotes du Rhone 2015
"Rive Droite Rive Gauche simply means right bank, left bank and the name derives from fruit for the wine being sourced from both sides of the river. It is also a French film starring the rotund wine-nut actor Gerard Depardieu, suffice to say that the wine is a more pleasant sensory experience than the film. 2015 was an exceptional vintage in the Rhone and this wine has made the most of the conditions being the best it has ever been. The wine is delicious and clean with generous amount of fruit, balanced with a beautiful freshness. On the pallet the it's medium bodied and has a lovely savoury character. This wine would be a steal at twice the price, gorgeous." -- Australian Distributors Notes
60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and Cinsault. This delicious, fresh and lively wines was fermented and matured in stainless steel creating a wine to drink and enjoy over the next 1-2 years.
It's made by Les Vignerons d’Estezargues a co-operative of more than 10 difference growers in the small town of Estezargues, west of Avignon. They are one of France's most ground breaking co-ops. Formed in 1965 it turned the grower/co-op relationship on its head in 1995 when it began vinifying and bottling wines from each grower separately. Estezargues do not use cultured yeasts, fining, filtration or enzymes in production and the majority of the vineyards in the co-operative are farmed organically or biodynamically. Denis Deschmaps, their maverick winemaker, is rightly regarded as one of the Rhone Valley’s finest.
The Cotes du Rhone AOC is France’s second largest after Bordeaux AOC. Estezargues is located on the “wrong” side of the Rhone River in the Gard. Unlike on the right bank of the river the vineyards here are more dispersed and tend to be located in smaller pockets, often within individual clos, and surrounded by woodland. Rather than the mono-culture of the plains to the east, the terrain here is more undulating with some moderate slopes. Whilst it is possible to find the typical galets of the region, the soils here are made up more of red clay and pebbles. WINES Cotes du Rhone Rouge AOC (Syrah/Grenache)