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DEF0516RW
Degaches Freres
Cote-Rotie Maisons Blanches
2016
Cote-Rotie
Culture Raisonee
Low Sulphur

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Condrieu, is the principal Northern Rhone AOC for white wine, found directly south of Côte-Rôtie and (unsurprisingly) around the town of Condrieu. The wines here are made exclusively from Viognier, with some 200ha of AOC land under vine. Just like the rest of its Northern Rhone neighbouring AOC’s the vineyards are planted on steep granite slopes that fall down to the river. The vines are typically low yielding offering lots of concentration balanced with aromatic stone fruit and white flower bouquets. Oak is carefully used (and little of it will be new) with many preferring to drink these wines in their youth whilst fresh and floral, however some of the very best examples have been known to last many years.

Degaches Freres, whilst now in their third generation as grape growers, have only recently (since 2009) started to produce their very own wines. One of only 60 bottlers in the region, their modest 4ha of Syrah, Viognier and Marsanne can be found at the Southern tip of the Cote-Rotie. With soils rich in granite and schist and vines as old as 30 years (those from their Maisons Blanches plot), they look to balance power, spice, fruit and elegance. They work cleanly in the vineyards adopting agriculture raisonnée a system of farming that limits treatments on the vines in a shift towards organic farming.

Tasting note: Dark; dry and smoky nose of black fruit; spiced blueberry; black pepper and dusty minerality. Fine but tough (now) with meaty tannins. Finished on wet earth; with dry tannins moving to coffee and chocolate. Acidity and perfume keeps it going but it needs some time (01.20)
Winemaking Detail: From the oldest plot (Maison Blanches) with 30 year old vines; now moving towards sustainable farming certification (agriculture raisonée). Fermentation took place over 3 weeks with malolactic fermentation in barrique.
Features Blackberry Blueberry Black-Pepper Smoky Earthy

Features Black Pepper, Blackberry, Blueberry, Earthy, Layered, Smoky,
Tasting note Dark, dry and smoky nose of black fruit, spiced blueberry, black pepper and dusty minerality. Fine but tough (now) with meaty tannins. Finished on wet earth, with dry tannins moving to coffee and chocolate. Acidity and perfume keeps it going but it needs some time (01.20)
Drink with
Lamb shanks, Rib of beef, Woodcock,

Wine details

Country France
Region Cote-Rotie
Producer Degaches Freres
Wine Name Cote-Rotie Maisons Blanches
Style Red
Vintage 2016
Main Grape Syrah
Other Grapes
Size 6 x 75cl
Closure Cork
A.B.V. 13%
Production 3200
Aging 24 months in French oak (50% new)
Soil Granite; Schist
Time to drink 2022 - 2040
Winemaking Detail From the oldest plot (Maison Blanches) with 30 year old vines, now moving towards sustainable farming certification (agriculture raisonée). Fermentation took place over 3 weeks with malolactic fermentation in barrique.

DEF0516RW
Degaches Freres
Cote-Rotie Maisons Blanches
2016
Cote-Rotie
Culture Raisonee
Low Sulphur

Condrieu, is the principal Northern Rhone AOC for white wine, found directly south of Côte-Rôtie and (unsurprisingly) around the town of Condrieu. The wines here are made exclusively from Viognier, with some 200ha of AOC land under vine. Just like the rest of its Northern Rhone neighbouring AOC’s the vineyards are planted on steep granite slopes that fall down to the river. The vines are typically low yielding offering lots of concentration balanced with aromatic stone fruit and white flower bouquets. Oak is carefully used (and little of it will be new) with many preferring to drink these wines in their youth whilst fresh and floral, however some of the very best examples have been known to last many years.

Degaches Freres, whilst now in their third generation as grape growers, have only recently (since 2009) started to produce their very own wines. One of only 60 bottlers in the region, their modest 4ha of Syrah, Viognier and Marsanne can be found at the Southern tip of the Cote-Rotie. With soils rich in granite and schist and vines as old as 30 years (those from their Maisons Blanches plot), they look to balance power, spice, fruit and elegance. They work cleanly in the vineyards adopting agriculture raisonnée a system of farming that limits treatments on the vines in a shift towards organic farming.

Tasting note: Dark; dry and smoky nose of black fruit; spiced blueberry; black pepper and dusty minerality. Fine but tough (now) with meaty tannins. Finished on wet earth; with dry tannins moving to coffee and chocolate. Acidity and perfume keeps it going but it needs some time (01.20)
Winemaking Detail: From the oldest plot (Maison Blanches) with 30 year old vines; now moving towards sustainable farming certification (agriculture raisonée). Fermentation took place over 3 weeks with malolactic fermentation in barrique.
Features Blackberry Blueberry Black-Pepper Smoky Earthy

Features Black Pepper, Blackberry, Blueberry, Earthy, Layered, Smoky,
Tasting note Dark, dry and smoky nose of black fruit, spiced blueberry, black pepper and dusty minerality. Fine but tough (now) with meaty tannins. Finished on wet earth, with dry tannins moving to coffee and chocolate. Acidity and perfume keeps it going but it needs some time (01.20)
Drink with
Lamb shanks, Rib of beef, Woodcock,

Wine details

Country France
Region Cote-Rotie
Producer Degaches Freres
Wine Name Cote-Rotie Maisons Blanches
Style Red
Vintage 2016
Main Grape Syrah
Other Grapes
Size 6 x 75cl
Closure Cork
A.B.V. 13%
Production 3200
Aging 24 months in French oak (50% new)
Soil Granite; Schist
Time to drink 2022 - 2040
Winemaking Detail From the oldest plot (Maison Blanches) with 30 year old vines, now moving towards sustainable farming certification (agriculture raisonée). Fermentation took place over 3 weeks with malolactic fermentation in barrique.