Domaine de l'Amauve, 'Laurances', Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret, France 2017
The tiny Domaine de l'Amauve is run along organic lines (certification coming later this year) with minimal spraying and a real focus on biodiversity in order to create the healthiest, richest possible environment for the vines.
The vines are old and low yielding, and thanks to the altitude of the vineyards and their western facing aspect, the resulting wines are ripe but with real freshness too.
These natural advantages, combined with Christian's exacting work in the vineyard and experienced hand in the cellar, are fast making the domaine one of the most exciting prospects in the appellation.
This particular cuvée, the Laurances 2017, is unoaked, unfiltered and because bottling conditions are so tightly controlled, low in sulphur. It is a fresh, fruity and aromatic DELIGHT, with excellent balance, medium to full body and silky, fine grained tannins.
Offered: June 2019.
Alcohol: 14.5% abv.
Vintage report: Excellent quality but low quantities due to drought and coulure problems.
Drinking window: Drink now through to 2022.
Food matching: Drink with hard cheeses and barbecued steaks.