Summer news from Dourthe vineyards.... 2017 July, 30th The Work in the vineyard follows the seasons : pruning
News from our friends at Pierre Amadieu in Gigondas
News from Romane……
With the heat of the last few weeks, the vines are growing really fast and we are working to master the vegetation by topping trees, trellising and leaf removal.
In the hills of Romane, the flowering went well and was particularly fast. The future berries are already formed and we can see them growing each day. All our plots are now at the closing stage of the cluster.
The climate this year is particularly hot and dry. Thanks to their deep roots, our old vines manage to draw the nutrients they need. The altitude of our terroir also tempered the precocity of this vintage. This beautiful weather allows us to have a perfect sanitary condition in the vineyards.
We are very happy with this start of the season and we hope that the nature will give us a beautiful vintage again!!
The vintage 2015 finally released!
Seen by many as an excellent vintage to keep, it is true that the conditions were gathered to make great wines.
Seen by many as an exceptional vintage, we confirm that the climatic conditions were gathered to achieve great wines. A warm spring allowed a good start, with sufficient water in the soil thanks to the autumn rain. Then we had a scorching summer in June and July followed by a milder August with some showers, which avoided to stuck the maturation of the grapes. We started to harvest on September 15th, when the grapes were perfectly ripe, until October 8th. We were able to produce wonderful wines with these beautiful grapes.
Even if the wines are still very young, they have a splendid aromatic freshness, with delicacy, a balanced mouth and silky tannins. In short, we can’t help but advice you our 2015, to drink now or age in your cellar for few years.
Notes and comments of Jeb Dunnuck at The Wine Advocate on our 2015s:
2015 Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 89-92/100
Another beautiful wine from this large estate is the 2015 Gigondas Domaine Grande Romane, which is 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and the rest Syrah. Coming from higher elevation parcels and brought up in a mix of used and new barrels, it offers tons of peppery herbs, lavender, blackcurrants and spice aromatics. Medium to full-bodied, round, textured and balanced, it’s a rock solid Gigondas to drink over the coming 7-9 years.
2015 Gigondas Romane Machotte 87-90/100
The 2015 Gigondas Romane Machotte offers an attractive, medium to full-bodied, nicely textured style as well as textbook notes of ripe cherry and strawberry fruits and Provencal spices. Made from 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, it will spend a year in a combination of larger oak tanks and older small barrels.
2015 Vacqueyras La Grangelière 2015 89-91/100
The 2015 Vacqueyras la Grangelière is a forward, rounded, yet still elegant effort that has lots of strawberry, spice box and Provencal garrigue aromas and flavours. Made from 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, it will be ready to go right out of the gate.
2015 Saint Joseph Les Capelets 89-92/100
The inky purple-coloured 2015 Saint Joseph les Capelets from this larger Gigondas negociant was brought up in a mix of two-year-old barrels and larger oak casks. It has a beautiful, fruit forward and medium to full-bodied style to go with classic notes of crushed violets, smoked earth and ample black and blue fruits. It’s a downright classy, elegant, seamless beauty that will shine with a few years of bottle age.
When sunny été rhymes with rosé!!!
We are lucky to have terroirs also favourable to the production of beautiful rosés. With my cousin Jean-Marie – who joined us in 2015 – we adapted our vinification techniques to always bring to our rosé more vivacity and fruitiness. For this Summer, we present three rosés from our range:
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2016, gastronomy rosé
Côtes du Rhône Roulepierre 2016, sharp and crisp and rosé
Ventoux La Claretière 2016, Summer rosé