Domaine de la Tour

La Tour de Gatigne, Cuvee 24, Duche d'Uzes Cotes du Rhone Village 2020

Red
$32
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"Behold, the best cuvee from Tour de Gatigne! Cuvee 24 is nothing short of breath taking! The best parcel produces a Syrah intense, complex, with silky tannins, and with a lingering finish! The scents of jammy red and dark berries and fruits are highlighted by complex and elegant mixed spices. While being full bodied and satiating, aromas of violets and other red flowers complement this already relaxing experience. A premium Cotes du Rhone Village, on par with its northern expensive neighbors! Certified organic by French standards. Vegan Wine. Only sold by CeleriersCellar.com in the US. Only 300 cases were produced!"

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35 years old
Certified Organic by France Standards. Cane pruning "Guyot" done by hand for better aeration and sun exposition, vines trellised vertically on 4 wires, topping 3 to 4 times to prevent plant depletion, mechanical plowing and weeding (no synthetic product), organic manure, biodiversity by replanting trees and plants to complement and reenforce natural defenses (uses of four leaves clover), organic farming techniques. Mechanical harvest.
After harvest and selection of the berries, the grapes are destemmed then pressed. The juice macerates with its skin and solid part in a thermos-regulated Stainless-steel tank at low temperature for hours, and then remove the musts by settling: particles go down to the bottom of the tank, then we take them out. The alcoholic fermentation can start, the yeast transforms the sugar in alcohol. All steps use nitrogen in order to keep freshness and lower the amount of sulfites. Once the fermentation (alcoholic and malolactic) are done, the wine is aged for 24 months in French oak barrel (30% new). Filtering before bottling through tangential filtration. Vegan Wine. Their best wine comes at the price of a small yield (35 hl/ha).
Syrah
Syrah 80%, Grenache 20%
300 cases
Rhone Valley
The year 2020 is marked by an early maturity and intense flavors. The 2019 Fall season was rainy and helped replenishing the soil with water. Winter was very warm (hotter February since 2001) and lead to an early sprout of the vines in March. This was a very stressful time, with a high exposition to frostbite and hail. In the end, these natural catastrophes did not occur. Then, Spring started with a low level of welcomed rains: enough to help the plants rehydrate. Nevertheless, by the end of June, the buds started to sprout. An early maturity unwelcomed at this time of the year: it exposes the buds to mildew (fungus). Unfortunately, the rains picked up and the work was harder in the vineyard. The vintners’ focus was on preventing the fungus to spread. Fortunately, May and June were warm: it made the rest of the season easier. The harvests were very early (almost 2 weeks prior to the usual). The fruits were of a high quality with a lower yield: it is a sign of a high concentration of aromas. The quality is very high for this 2020 vintage.
Duche d'Uzes Cotes du Rhone Village, Southern Rhone Valley, France
Single Vineyard made of an upper layer of gravels and Cevennes Gallet, on top of Scree and Colluvium (Quaternary). Deeper layer of Sandstone, Marl, and Limestone from the Oligocene. The third layer deep is made of Silicious-sand and Sandstone, ideal for natural underground irrigation (Cenomanian-Turonian). This sediment rests on limestone beds from the Baremian-Bedoulian age. Exposition is South-Southeast.
2020

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