2018 Les Coteaux Domaine des Escaravailles

Grapes Syrah, Grenache
Colour Red
Origin France, Rhône
District Southern Rhône
Village Rasteau
ABV 15%

The most immediate of the reds from Escaravailles, beautifully upholstered with plush plum, blackberry and ripe damson fruit. In the mouth the wines is so shapely, gorgeous concentration of woodland fruits, herbs, ground pepper, definitely rich but balanced and lithe and long. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026 L&S (Mar 2021)

*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.

Grape varieties: 80% Grenache noir and 20% Syrah.

Terroir: Municipality of RASTEAU, the vines are located at an altitude of 250 m. Sloping terroir with stony and very steep clay-limestone soils.

Viticulture: The soil is worked in its entirety with respect for the environment and the plant. Vinification: Manual harvest. Destemming and crushing. Fermentation from 28 to 35 days. Daily pigeages during alcoholic fermentation as well as two to three load shedding. The wines are aged in stainless steel vats for 9 months.

Annual production: 20,000 bottles.

Tasting Notes: Intense red color with purple reflections. We discover spicy aromas on the nose, typical of the RASTEAU terroir. The mouth is ample, structured on spicy notes.

Pairings: Grilled meats, grilled eggplants, mutton fricassee with green peppers, Auvergne blue cheese.

Keeping: 3 to 4 years.

Winemaker's notes (Mar 2021)

Domaine des Escaravailles

Domaines des Escaravailles was established in 1953 by Jean-Louis Ferran and his two sons, Daniel and Jean-Pierre, in the village of Rasteau.

Today it is run by the third generation of the family, Gilles, the son of Daniel. With vineyards on not only the clay, limestone hillsides of Rasteau, but also in Cairanne, Roaix, Villedieu and St Roman de Malegarde. The estate is run organically and everything is done by hand with the wines made in the cellars in the heart of the property in Rasteau.

The estate takes it's name from the Occitan word for the Scarab Beetle, which you will also find adorning the labels of the wines.

Spring Mixed Case

As the sun starts to peek through the clouds and we can look forward to leaving winter behind us, we can say goodbye to the hearty, warming tipples that got us through those long months. What better way of bringing in Spring then with this refreshing mix of wine, from the delicious and lip-smacking Anjou Blanc and Soave, to a set of reds that are delicious on their own or a perfect pair to Spring Lamb. And, of course, no case would be complete without some MiP Rosé - a wine that simply screams sunshine and fun.

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