The vines are located on steep slopes on three different types of soils: - Calcareous brown soil; - Skeletal soil on marl; - Red soil and sandstone. Age of the vines: 40-60 years Exposure: South, partly protected from the Mistral. Altitude: 250 meters
100% hand harvest into small baskets. The grapes are thoroughly sorted on a sorting table and fully destemmed. The grapes are blended, then they macerate at low temperatures before alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel vats. The wine then ages in cement and stainless steel vats.
Colour: Deep garnet with a purple rim. Nose: Some elegant black and red fruit and violet flower, liquorice, which evolve with a bit of bottle ageing towards aromas of prune, dates and leather. Palate: Juicy, generous with some tight and elegant tannins. With time, the wine will develop complex flavours of cherry clafoutis and kirsch.
Best served slightly chilled, around 15-16°C.
Perfect to drink now, but can keep 5 to 7 years.
Press & Awards
PRESS REVIEW - 2017 Rasteau Château de La Gardine
Pleasure price Bettane + Desseauve : Gold award Jeb Dunnuck : 91-93+
PRESS REVIEW - 2016 Rasteau Château de La Gardine
Robert Parker : 91/100 Wine Enthusiast : 92 points
Prix Plaisir OR Bettane Desseauve Rasteau 2012
Our Rastau receives the price for quality Bettane & Desseauve Gold Medal.
RASTEAU - Guide Hachette 2015
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