Our tasting impressions
Uncommonly smooth and refined for a Côtes du Rhône, particularly at this price. Serious depth and structure and rather tannic but so much ripe fruit you might not realize it. Lots of fun and pleasure now but more upside over the next 8 years. Stunning wine - stunning value!
About this wine
Plan de Dieu, since 2005, is a designated area within the appellation of Côtes du Rhône Villages (the best of Côtes du Rhône). Their’s is a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah & 5% Carignan all de-stemmed. The average age of the vines is 36 years planted in clay, limestone and garrigue soil.
Fermentation is 21 days in concrete tanks with cap punching. Aged one year in concrete tanks & demi-muids.
About the grape blend
Grenache the preeminent red wine grape of the Southern Rhône, makes full-bodied, red-fruited and alcoholic wine. It enjoys very dry, hot and windy conditions but the vines produce scant fruit which means great concentration. The Syrah provides structure, savoriness and black fruit, while the touch of Carignan contributes tannin, acidity and color.
On your table…
Build a burger with rare beef, onion-bacon jam for smoke and sweetness and camembert or brie for earthiness on a brioche bun. Serve at cellar temp.
Suggested Glassware: Grassl Cru
Located in the southern Rhône village of Jonquières, the 8-hectare Domaine de L’Arnesque is owned and operated by Marie & Sébastien Pathier. Marie’s family has produced wine here for six generations since 1846.
More than 70% of the property is planted to Grenache and the average age of the vines is over 50 years. Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan also are grown. They farm without chemical treatments. The grapes are harvested and sorted by hand. Each grape variety and each plot is vinified separately. Sébastien ferments traditionally with an indigenous yeast in concrete tanks.
This is a lovely, tranquil and pastoral estate and the Pathiers are much the same. They are honest, hard-working people who are 100% dedicated to producing beautiful wines that fully express the terroir of their vineyards.