2015 Domaine du Seminaire Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge

Year: 2015
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"Notes of raspberries, damp herbs, earth and pepper all emerge from the juicy, forward, quaffable 2015 Cotes du Rhone from Domaine du Seminaire. This deep ruby/purple-tinged 2015 is medium-bodied and lively on the palate, with good richness, chewy tannin and a clean finish. It's a well-made, thoroughly enjoyable Cotes du Rhone to drink over the coming 3-5 years." (WA)

"Lurid violet. Pungent, pepper-tinged aromas of dark berries, cherry pit, licorice and violet, backed by a hint of olive. Sappy, sweet and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors that open up slowly on the back half. Finishes smoky and firm, delivering building tannins and a lingering note of cracked pepper." (VM)

Winery Notes:
On 250 acres of land in the hills above the village of Valréas, a beautiful Provençal house, surrounded by olive and truffle oak trees, lavender fields and thick forest, is the center of the idyllic micro-estate of Domaine du Seminaire. The vineyards are near the northern limit of ripening Grenache, in the colder foothills of the Alps, where they are swept by the strong mistral winds. Hervé Pouizin is the fourth generation to farm this land; he and his wife, Mathilde have preserved the self-sufficient estate mostly as it was a century ago, with one key exception: they converted everything to organic farming. Fermenting their wines in the same huge concrete tanks since 1938, the couple takes an old-school approach to winemaking and uses no oak. They produce high-toned, bright, floral wines, in keeping with their region and elevation, bottled early to preserve the fruit and with minimal sulfur. These wines offer an amazing value: They are simple, pretty wines done very well.