2012 Clos Chanteduc Cotes Du Rhone Rouge
black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry and strawberry
vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box and cedar
"Clos Chanteduc is a hilltop property that was purchased by Patricia & Walter Wells in 1984. Patricia Wells - journalist, author, and cooking teacher - is an American who has lived in Paris since 1980. She is the author of 11 books, the only woman and only foreigner to serve as restaurant critic of the French newsweekly, L'Express and since 1980 she has been food critic for the International Herald Tribune. Previously, she was a writer and editor for The Washington Post and The New York Times.
Since purchasing their dream home, Walter and Patricia have renovated the sprawling provençal farmhouse converting it into a comfortable home as well as a cooking school. Surrounding their home are 7.5 hectares of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre on rocky, clay-limestone soils located just outside the ancient Roman town of Vaison-la-Romaine. For nearly a decade Patricia and Walter relied on a local estate in Vaison-la-Romaine to make their wine. When their neighbor retired in 2006 Yves Gras of the famed Domaine Santa Duc in nearby Gigondas took over the management of the vineyard as well as the winemaking.
Clos Chanteduc is harvested by hand, destemmed and fermented in tank. It is then aged in foudre for 12 months. Due to its higher elevation and percentage of Syrah, usually around a third of the blend, Clos Chanteduc is a bright and lively, bistro-styled Côtes-du-Rhône. All of which is fitting considering that Patricia Wells literally wrote the book on bistro cooking for the english speaking world." - Importer