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CALENDAL Côtes du Rhône Villages
‘Plan de Dieu’ 2015
CALENDAL Côtes du Rhône Villages ‘Plan de Dieu’ 2015
Why you should buy this wine: I’m not a fan of critic scores but given the effusive nature of Robert Parker’s comments when he called this wine irresistible I thought you might want to know how he described it…. “An absolutely brilliant wine produced by Philippe Cambie working with proprietor Gilles Ferran.” Gave it 94 points & decided it was the “Greatest Value Wine of the Year 2016”!!!!
What can you expect… 2015 Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu Calendal is a blockbuster blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Mourvèdre that offers full-bodied, rich, even decadent notes of cassis, crushed flowers, licorice and hints of vanilla bean. It has a killer mid-palate, sweet tannin and a big finish, all of which make it just about impossible to resist. Still, it should keep nicely for at least 5-7 years.”
Region: Southern Rhone
Appellation: Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu
Grape: Mourvèdre 30%, Grenache 70%
Alcohol :15% Closure: Cork
The Story Behind the Wine - click here
Who makes it… Owned and run by the incomparable Diane de Puymorin, this is an extraordinary property where innovation is the name of the game. Indeed, Diane is perhaps one of the most exciting new vignerons to have emerged from these sun-drench vineyards that make up the Costieres de Nimes south-west of Avignon. She purchased this estate seven year ago and has transformed its fortunes. The vineyards are worked organically with respect to the terroir. Yields, especially for this area are very low. The grapes are also harvested as late as possible often with successive tries.
Her wines are generally released when they are ready to be consumed, however, the one exception is this special cuvee,” La Bolida” which comes from her oldest vineyard with vines approaching 100 years of age and yields of 8hl/ha taken from four separate tries. It is fermented and aged in oak and is consistently spectacular.
Vineyard: The grape is harvest by hand early October. Extraction is done by “Pigeage” and aged in French oak for 18 months.
Winery: The wine was fermented for thirteen days in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. After malolactic fermentation, it was aged for twelve months in second and third use French oak barriques.
Fermentation is in enamel lined vats for the majority of the wines and ageing is carried out in a mixture of tank and oak barrels. Indeed the cellar is a wonderful hotchpotch of old enamel-lined fermentors, gleaming stainless steel vats and a selection of new and old barrique and demi-muids which put a gleam into the eyes of any self-respecting cooper. Diane loves to experiment, whether it be with the barrel-fermentation of her white wines, the creation a variety of late picked sweet goodies or the ageing of her delicious red wines in a mixture of oak and steel. Diane loves wood, new and old and big and small, the more variety the better! There is no fining and filtration for the top wines.
The Back Story: Costieres de Nimes is the most southerly appellation of the Rhone wine region in southeastern France. The wines of the area are reputed to have been consumed by the Ancient Greeks and thus figure among the oldest known wines in the world. A typical Costieres de Nimes red wine, made from the classic Southern Rhone Blend, is robust and spicy, and perfectly suited to the rustic local cuisine.
The Costieres de Nimes AOC covers an area between the towns of Nimes and Arles. Known as the Rhone Delta, this is the meeting point of the Rhone, Gard and Durance rivers before they head towards their final destination in the Mediterranean. The area also produces a great quantity of lower-quality wines under various IGP titles.
The landscapes between Nimes and the Mediterranean Sea are relatively flat and low lying. As a result, the soils of Costieres de Nimes do not vary as much as those in other Rhone appellations, and are characterized by large pebbles on shallow, south- and southeast-facing slopes. Areas of garrigue (the quintessential southern French landscape of dry, low-lying scrubland on limestone soils) are present in the eastern corners of the appellation, providing excellent potential for viticulture. Free-draining soils of low fertility force vines to dig deep, strong root systems in search of water and nutriment, and are widely considered to produce more-complex wines.
Costieres de Nimes wines require Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre to make up at least 60 percent of the finished red and rosé wines. This is ameliorated by Cinsaut, Marselan and Carignan.
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