BEST RHONE WINES Wine and so much more ..... September, 2020 Newsletter
We are excited to welcome you to our world of wine. Every month we will be sharing insights and stories from the region as well as exclusive offers on a selection of our wines. Offers are only available to subscribers of this Newsletter. The grape harvest heralds the start of an anxious but exciting time in the winemakers calendar. Violent end of summer storms, which break the summer heat, are well known at this time of year but can prove a disaster to the fragile fruit. The timing of picking the grapes, at their very best, but before the weather turns can sometimes be a choice of just a few hours. With the 'vendange' well under way in the Rhone Valley Romain has been helping with the harvest of Syrah grapes at the Domaine Pierre Usseglio, Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This back breaking work starts early morning, which often affords the bonus of experiencing a beautiful sunrise. Under local AOC rules the grapes are only allowed to be picked by hand which in itself determines the high quality of the fruits which are then sent to the winery for processing. Time is of the essence, the idea is to press the grapes soon after picking and before the heat of the day alters their quality. In September Focuswe are featuring the Domaine la Boutiniere a family run business dating back to 1920, the feature includes a video clip of the latest harvest for you to enjoy! Our September wine offer showcases wines from La Boutiniere - including a delicious 'tradition white' which only represents 6% of production.
Finally Romain is offering a free private ZOOM presentation to clients who buy 12 bottles of the Sommeliers September Selection
We hope you enjoy this newsletter with a glass of wine in hand!
Romain helping with the vendange and a beautiful sunrise over the vines
Domaine la Boutiniere
Fred and Nathalie Boutin are 4th generation owners of Domaine la Boutiniere. Situated at altitude to the west of Chateauneuf du Pape village the domaine comprises 11 hectares of Chateauneuf du Pape vines, 4 hectares of Cotes du Rhone and 2 hectares of Vin de France vines. Ten grape varieties are grown on 14 different plots the oldest vines being 120 years old. The mosaic of different soils and micro climates contributes to the complexity and character of each wine. The winery practices sustainable viticulture with working methods aimed at preserving the general ecosystem of land.
The wine making process typically involves long fermentation (18 to 31 days), a permanent control of the vinification temperatures allows extraction of the good tannins for suppleness, deep colours are the signature of the terroir and grape varieties.
Enjoy wines from La Boutiniere in our exclusive September offer below.
September Offer A fine selection of wines from La Boutiniere
Case of 6: €160 + €18 shipping to the UK = €178
2 x Cotes du Rhone 'Le Fabuleux destin d'Amelie Boutin 2018