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Dom. Rouge-Bleu 2018 Lunatique

This prodigious wine hails from a tiny parcel of gnarled old vines planted in 1910 and is doled out in miniscule quantities. Dense rather than fat, it exhibits exceptional perfumed finesse for such a large-scale wine.

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Wine Specifics

WineWise Code
FRB-LUN18
Country
France
Region
Rhone
Color/Style
Red
Farming Practices
Bio-dynamic
Varieties
100% Grenache Noir
ABV
14.7
Residual Sugar
0.5
Acidity
3.43
Closure
Natural Cork
Case Size
6x750
Pricing
NET
Maceration
1 month in open vessel
Pumpover/Punchdown
Punchdown
Destemming
Whole Cluster
Fermentation Vessel
Oak Upright
Fermentation Duration
1 month in open vessel
Aging Method
Used Barrique 100%
Aging Duration (months)
42
Filtered
No
Fining Agents
None
Yeast
Native
Malolactic
Yes
Added Sulfur
Yes, 57 mg/L
Soil Type
Calcareous, Alluvial, Loam
Elevation (meters)
20
Vineyard Aspect
Northeast
Vine Age
100
Yields (hl/ha)
8
Vine Training
Bushvines
Picking
Hand-harvested
Annual Production
100 cases

Notes from the Producer: VINEYARD: Situated in Sainte-Cécile-Les-Vignes, Domaine Rouge-Bleu follows biodynamic principles on all of its 8.5ha, of which half rest in the Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation.
Our low yields are the natural outcome of old, deep-rooted vines that sit on a stony soil of ancient riverbed and garrigue. Coupled with the Mediterranean climate of long, hot, dry summers and the rot-inhibiting Mistral wind, our vineyard is the perfect environment for berry maturation, giving a pure expression of terroir.
Lunatique is our prestige cuvee made from a parcel of Grenache planted in 1910. It is only made in exceptional years and has extended ageing potential.
VINIFICATION: The grapes are hand-harvested into small containers, then crushed but not destemmed. Wild yeast fermentation and maceration for 4 weeks in open barrels (600L demi muid). The mature stems have been kept in order to naturally aerate the must during fermentation, allowing us to bring different nuances of tannin and acidity to the wine. Malolactic fermentation and maturation in aged French oak demi-muid for 30 months. Hand bottled at the Domaine by gravity and without filtration. Minimal sulphite addition.
TASTING NOTES:
Colour: Deepest garnet.
Nose: Ripe black fruits, plum pudding and warm spices.
Palate: Full-bodied and velvety with dark berry flavours carrying on from the nose, evolving to hints of coffee and black forest gateau. Excellent balance and well-structured tannins, coupled with a pleasing freshness, give this wine great length.
WINE AND FOOD MATCHING: Serve at 17°C.
After decanting, enjoy this fine wine with wild boar ragout, braised venison, slow roasted lamb, mature cheeses or rich chocolate desserts.

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2018 Lunatique

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