Domaine La Decelle
Domaine La Décelle Reserve, Valréas Côtes du Rhône Villages 2018
France / Rhone
Andy's Tasting Notes
Whilst being a rich and wholesome Southern Rhone red, this has a freshness and vitality due in part to its location at a higher altitude than many of its neighbouring Rhone villages. There’s lots of hedgerow fruits, vineyard herbs and a sweet spicy overtone here that will make this a happy partner with rich meat, pulses or vegetable dishes.
50% Grenache, 50% Syrah
Producer notes – production: Sunny south and west facing vineyards on clay dominated soils are situated 320m above sea level and managed following the principles of reasoned agriculture. Refreshing alpine winds create cooler growing conditions and slower ripening relative to other Southern Rhône appellations. Equal proportions of Grenache Noir and Syrah are vinified using traditional rack and return method before ageing for six months in 2-3 year old, 450 litre barrels.
Valréas is famous for its truffles, its lavender and its historic Papal treasures, but Domaine La Décelle’s treasure lies in the clay-rich and sandy soils of its wind-swept vineyards. A little further north than Gigondas or Cairanne and slightly higher in altitude, La Décelle produces a Valréas that is naturally fresher in style.
Price per bottle £12.30
Domaine La Décelle was purchased by the Lavau brothers, Frédéric and Benoît, in 2010, and it was bought in three parcels; it now totals 100ha of vines. This might not be a huge vineyard area in other parts of the world, but the entire Valréas appellation is tiny and covers less than 500ha! Located in the very north of the southern Rhône Valley, Valréas is planted with more Syrah than the Côtes du Rhône villages further south thanks to its interesting terroir. Lying at 350-400 metres above sea level, it is a very windy region and it can be as much as two degrees cooler than in Cairanne to the south. It also has a notable diurnal temperature swing, and these fresh nights help to slow the ripening of the grapes and to generate pure, elegantly fruity styles of wine.
Under the ownership of the environmentally-conscious Lavau family, Domaine La Décelle is awaiting Haute Valeur Environnementale (“High Environmental Value”) or HVE 3 certification for its 2019 vintage.
Food matchHerby pork dishes / vegetable and tomato pilaf