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Domaine Charvin "Le Poutet" Côtes du Rhône '17

Rhône Valley

Domaine Charvin "Le Poutet" Côtes du Rhône '17

On my first wine trip to France, way back in 2000, I had the immense pleasure of meeting and visiting with Laurent Charvin of Domaine Charvin. As he was then, Laurent is one of the most humble winemakers you will ever meet. His wines are everything that a good Southern Rhône red should be. Full-bodied, but not over-the-top. Fruit driven, but not with liqueur-like fruit. Fantastic compliments to food. 

This is a small domaine, only about 30 hectares in size. He is most well known for his Châteauneuf-du-Pape, something that he has always just produced a single bottling of. This is unusual, as many producers make many cuvée's of Châteauneuf, sorting out their best fruit for wildly expensive wines. Not Laurent. He makes five wines, a white, rosé, a VDP red, this Côtes du Rhône and of course the Châteauneuf.

His farming is impeccable, practicing organic viticulture. He uses whole cluster fermentation, and only uses concrete in the vinification. 

The Côtes-du-Rhône "Le Poutet" comes from about 15 hectares of vineyards, vines averaging around 40 years-old, but with some up to 90. This is typically a blend of 81% Grenache, 7% Mourvèdre, 5% Carignan, and 7% Syrah. The yields are super low at around 35hL/ha.  Only indigenous yeasts are used for fermentation in cement tanks (no wood).  Whole clusters macerate for about 21 days. The wine is bottled without filtration after 18 months in vats.

The 2017 is absolutely gorgeous, with beautiful red fruit aromas, hints at lavender, black pepper, and other spices. It is medium plus bodied, combining power with finesse. An absolutely stunning Côtes du Rhône, I purchased this a while ago in fears about the upcoming prices and tariffs. So take advantage of this good deal while you can. 

Perman

France

Details

Producer Domaine Charvin
Vintage 2017
Format 750ml

Acidity

3 / 5

Tannin

3 / 5

Body

4 / 5

Sweetness

1 / 5

Fruity

4 / 5

Funky

1 / 5

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