Three ‘levels’ of wine are produced. The juicy, crunchy and floral scented Vin de Pétanque, the rosé, and the Domaine’s pulpy white (Cave Vinum) are bottled under the IGP Ardèche. Then come the two terroir-specific Côtes-du-Rhône bottlings Bout d’Zan and Khayyâm, while the glowing Mourvèdre, La Calade – drawn from a pure galets roulés terroir – is labelled Côtes-du-Rhône Villages. The hallmark of each is silky, low yield concentration parried by vibrancy and vitality of fruit; these are pure, brightly fruited and perfumed wines that clearly reflect an intuitive and honest dedication to the Domaine’s stony terroir and gnarled old goblet vines.
The wine comes from 35-year-old biodynamically managed vines rooted in a range of highland soils - some galets roulés, some sandy clay, and some lower-lying limestone parcels. This is a wildly perfumed and seductive wine and is simply amazing value. There is plenty of juicy, red berry and macerated plum aromas as well as some garrigue and this leads to a palate that is packed with energy and layers of dark cherry and pure cacao fruit framed by very fine tannins. There's load of flavour but also high country freshness and finesse.
Tasting : Airy, light, with lovely acidic tension. Drink all summer long without worry- rosé is good with everything and doesn’t make you gain weight!
Pairings : Aperitif snacks, tomatoes, salads, pizza, barbecue…