Rasteau

Located in the valley of the Southern Rhone valley in the north of the Vaucluse, between Montelimar and Orange, the Protected designation of origin Rasteau is produced on the communes of Rasteau, Cairanne and Sablet as regards natural sweet wine. All three have their own village appellation and Rasteau is the only commune to produce only...
Located in the valley of the Southern Rhone valley in the north of the Vaucluse, between Montelimar and Orange, the Protected designation of origin Rasteau is produced on the communes of Rasteau, Cairanne and Sablet as regards natural sweet wine. All three have their own village appellation and Rasteau is the only commune to produce only red wine. The red Rasteau appellation was recognized in 2010, and it is no longer compulsory to reveal the notion of Côtes du Rhône Villages, of which it had been a member since 1966. The vineyard of the natural sweet wines of Rasteau extends over a little over 50 hectares, on a disparate soil, but is strongly influenced by a temperate Mediterranean climate. It is still very hot and very dry in summer, and the mistral allows the grapes to reach an ideal maturity as well as a concentration of sugar sometimes very high. The only grape variety to be included in the Rasteau VDN (Vin doux naturel in french) is Grenache. A "mutation" is carried out during the vinification by adding alcohol to stop the alcoholic fermentation. Like the natural sweet wines of Beaumes de Venise, the Rasteau is unctuous and very aromatic. The vineyard of the red wines of Rasteau extends on a little less than 900 hectares. The main grape variety is Grenache, for a minimum of 50%, which is associated with Mourvèdre and Syrah (with a shorter duration). Rasteau 's red wines are full-bodied, age-appropriate wines. The distribution of grape varieties in the blend will of course play a preponderant role in the notes that the wines will develop, but also the terroir. The Mourvèdre grape has been planted on soils having a better exposure: It gives the wines more intense, animal notes and a more tannic structure, where the Syrah will bring more fineness and fruity. Follow the guide and find the magnificent wines of the Rhone valley on www.defivin.com. Purchase a Rasteau appellation to discover now, to have more in 10 years!
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