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Côtes du Rhône, Domaine Charvin 2020
The family estate was created back in 1851, but it wasn't until Laurent Charvin joined his father Gérard in 1990 that the estate bottled off their own wines. Such was the critical approval that very rapidly followed, they were soon bottling all their wines themselves and selling none to the négoce.
He works organically out in the vineyards, and winemaking is stripped down to the essentials with 100% whole bunches used for both reds, a light crush to start with, daily remontage ensuring the cap is kept moist during a 20 days fermentation, and concrete vat ageing with no sulphur during 16 to 18 months for the CDR and 21 months for the CNDP. The wines are unfiltered but lightly fined before bottling with total sulphur around 45mg/l.
This wine is given just the same care as Charvin’s Châteauneuf. The 2020 is another excellent example with stylish, spicy fruit, good structure and concentration typical of the vintage. There's always a natural, unforced quality with this cuvée.
Producer Domaine Charvin
Origin Orange, Vaucluse, France
Grapes 81% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 4% Carignan
Alcohol 15% ABV
Style Medium body red
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Manual harvest, whole bunch fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeast, aged for 16 months. Unfiltred, unfined, little SO2 added at bottling.
Notes Organic, Natural