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2015 Domaine De La Bastide Cotes Du Rhone Villages Visan La Gloire De Mon PereSyrah / Shiraz from France

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"Vincent and Stephanie Boyer’s domaine in Visan originated as a fortified farmhouse, surrounded by old mourvèdre vines and fig and cherry trees, that was built by Templar knigh...

  • 90 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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"My favorite of the three Côtes du Rhônes, the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Villages Visan la Gloire de Mon Pere is a beautiful, rich and textured effort that shows the more elegant, polished style of the estate. Darker fruits (cassis, blackberries), crushed violets and white pepper all define this medium-bodied beauty and it has the balance and depth to drink nicely through 2023."

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"Vincent and Stephanie Boyer’s domaine in Visan originated as a fortified farmhouse, surrounded by old mourvèdre vines and fig and cherry trees, that was built by Templar knights in the middle ages and used as a monastery through the crusades. Vincent took over his father’s winemaking legacy and he and Stephanie, also a trained oenologist, carry forward the domaine with energy, innovation and focus. This wine has a great tangy acid, red fruits, earthy tones and… shock! ripe fig.

The domain was started in 1988 when Vincent’s father Bernard, an agricultural engineer, achieved his life-long dream of purchasing his own estate. Where the winery stands today, in the shadow of the impressive Chateau de Suze-la-Rousse, was a farm owned by Vincent’s mother’s family. In fact, his grandfather was the official farmer for the chateau, linking the Boyers even more closely with the history of their land. The 100 ha of vines that comprise the domain are planted primarily in Visan and Suze-la-Rousse, the oldest of which are 80 year old carignan which provide fruit for the Figue rouge.

In the cellar, Vincent’s methods are a combination of modern precision and old-school rusticity. The wines are made in concrete and stainless steel to preserve freshness and purity of fruit, and he destems 100% in order to keep the tannins soft and easy. He also runs his bottling line off the still functioning engine of an extremely old tractor that is parked out back. This balance between the new and the old permeates everything at Domaine de la Bastide. Vincent and his wife Stephanie, who is also a trained wine maker, continue renovating their ancient home while maintaining details such as the narrow windows that Templar knights used to shoot arrows through at invaders. And the human relationship to the wine is important to Vincent. I have to touch every tank before I leave the cellar at the end of the day, he tells me. And sometimes I even sing a little to the vines." -Importer

Product Detail

Item # 104207
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-Region Cotes du Rhone
Ratings

90 - Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2015
Color Red
ABV 14.0%
Varietal(s) Syrah / Shiraz
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste currant, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry
Nose spice box, cedar and dark fruit