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Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues

Domaine Les Genestas Cotes Du Rhone

Domaine Les Genestas Cotes Du Rhone

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Varietal: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Counoise

Region: Rhone

Country: France

Volume: 750ml

Named after the abundant Spanish broom plants (Spartium junceum) on the site, this cuvée showcases a unique blend of Grenache (50%), Syrah (30%), and Mourvèdre + Counoise (20%) from 20 to 80-year-old vines growing on red clay soil covered in small stones.

The wine undergoes a 3-week maceration and is then aged in enamel-lined tanks for 10 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

In the glass, it presents a ruby red color with a pretty amethyst rim. The nose offers smoky aromas of cassis, blackberries, dried orange peel, and sweet spice. The palate is plush and delectable, showcasing a harmonious mix of red and black fruits supported by brambly tannins. The wine finishes with a supple touch of orange zest and black pepper, making it a perfect pairing for a variety of grilled dishes.
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About Winemaker

Les Vignerons D’ Estézargues

Located in Estézargues, Rhone Valley, Les Vignerons d’Estézargues is a unique cooperative cellar led by Armelle Rouault. The cooperative comprises 12 local growers cultivating 550 hectares, with 3/4 of the vineyards certified organic.

The vineyards feature Rhone Valley varieties and produce approximately 2 million bottles annually, primarily red wines vinified in concrete and stainless steel tanks. Established in 1965, Estézargues shifted towards natural winemaking in the 1980s under talented winemaker Jean-François Nicq, avoiding additives and focusing on minimal sulfur additions at bottling.

Unlike traditional cooperatives, Estézargues emphasizes individual terroirs, vinifying the best plots separately to showcase their unique characteristics. These wines proudly bear the domaine's name, reflecting the collective nature of the cooperative.

Under the leadership of Armelle Rouault and Sales Director Anna Tyack, Estézargues aims for full organic conversion, leveraging the region's favorable conditions for sustainable viticulture. With its commitment to quality, environmental respect, and community, Les Vignerons d’Estézargues exemplifies innovative cooperative winemaking in the Rhone Valley.

So..What's natural wine again?

  • No synthetic molecules in the vines
  • Plowing or other solutions to avoid chemical herbicides
  • Use of indigenous yeast
  • Handpicked grapes
  • Low to no filtering
  • Low to no sulfites
  • Winemaking that respects the grapes: no pumping or rough handling
    of the grapes
  • no micro-oxygenation

Not all of our wines are natural; some are simply organic or sustainable.
However, they're all delicious and good for you!