2011 Cotes de Ventoux Estaillades, Domaine de la Ferme Saint Martin

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Producer: Domaine de la Ferme Saint Martin

Wine: 2011 Cotes de Ventoux Estaillades

Varietals: 90% Grenache, 10% Cinsault

Nose: Aromas of dark red fruit and kirsch

Palate: Bold, with hints of mint and licorice, long silky finish

Food: Braised red meats, spicy foods and cheese

Cellaring: Drink now or cellar until 2020

Domaine de la Ferme Saint Martin. Suzette, Beaumes-de-Venise (Rhone)

Domaine de la Ferme Saint Martin

The Ferme Saint Martin vineyard is located in the small village of Suzette right at the top of the Beaume de Venise Appellation Controlee. The domaine covers 89 acres of land, 56 of which are planted with Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah for the reds and Roussane and Clairette for the whites. The vines face south on a very dry and rocky terroir built in terraces between altitudes of 800 and 1600 feet. The wines are certified organic and follow very natural and strict methods of grape growing and winemaking. The most important is the natural treatment of the soil and the vine, with no chemical spraying and manual harvesting, all wines are unfiltered.

Guy Julien at La Ferme Saint-Martin has gradually turned over the reins to his son Thomas. They are crafting some of the most aromatic wines.