The Domaine du Grangeon is located on the heights of Rosières in the small village of Balbiac the heart of the terraces of the southern Ardeche.
Christophe Reynouard took over the family business in 1998 to create the Domaine du Grangeon. It was after an oenologist diploma and 4 years of experience as cellar master at Georges Vernay Condrieu when he embarks on the adventure of creating his own cellar. 17 hectares cultivated terraces called “faysses” where you can find many different varieties: Gamay, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Chardonnay, Ugni Blanc and of course, the very rare typical Ardèche grape variety: Chatus.
Now some of you might have had a chance to taste the Chatus already but this is a great chance to taste all of Christophe and Christelle's wines in one shot. These wines are made in such small amounts they should only be on a special list. When a producer only makes around 5000 bottles...that's not a lot. Then when there is only around 2000 bottles or less brought into the US wine market...things are getting pretty serious. When only 240 bottles show up in the Seattle market...it's now gotten REAL!
Get ready to have your palate pushed...
2012 Chardonnay - Light straw yellow with green highlights. Vibrantly floral, with white peach, minerals and white flowers. Brisk, fresh with acidity, yet opulence and expressive with orchard fruits – acacia, pear and melon – spiced with hints of citrus and an intense stony minerality. 4500 bottles produced.
2013 Viognier - With minerality is often accompanied by a freshness reminiscent of a sea breeze, sometimes even with hints of mint. Full-bodied, rich in texture, yet fresh. Honey suckle, kiwi, lemon zest and white peach. 5000 bottles produced.
2011 Syrah - The 2011 Coteaux du l’Ardeche Syrah is beautiful, with northern Rhone-like black pepper, blackberry, violets, olive and hints of bacon fat all emerging from the glass. Medium-bodied, seamless and elegant, with a lightly textured and juicy feel. 4500 bottles produced. (there were only 5 cases of this wine brought in)
2011 Chatus - Even better, and made completely from the Chatus grape, which is native to the Ardeche region, and aged 22 months in Burgundy barrels, the 2011 Coteaux du l’Ardeche Chatus is a gorgeous wine that offersample, violet-laced blackberry fruits, scorched earth, tar, graphite and licorice to go with a medium-bodied, structured, yet elegant profile on the palate. Staying light and graceful, with notable, savory tannin and integrated acidity, it should benefit from another handful of years in the cellar and evolve gracefully for over a decade. 4500 bottles produced.
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