2011 Domaine Grand Nicolet Rasteau Vieilles Vignes
black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry and strawberry
vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box and cedar
"The first hectare of the estate was planted in 1875. Their cellar built in 1926, and was the first private cellar of Rasteau. The real start in vine growing was in 1930, when Maurice Leyraud (the grandfather of Jean Pierre’s wife) decided to plant Grenache and Carignan, instead of cereals and olive trees. In 1989, Jean Pierre started to work in the estate at 24 years of age, and in 1999 he took over management of the entire estate. At that time, he asked a dear old friend of his, Philippe Cambie to help him with his wine business."
"Today, Jean Pierre is running a 20 Ha estate and annually produces nearly 200 Hl in Cotes-du-Rhone and 500 Hl in Rasteau. The estate is composed mostly of Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre, on clay and limestone soil. Harvest is 100% destemmed and vinification takes place in concrete tanks and old French Oak barrels." -Importer
This was also rated 89 points by the Wine Spectator.