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Domaine d'Andezon Cotes du Rhone Les Vignerons d'Estezargues 2016 (Rhone Valley, France) - [RP 91]
Domaine d'Andezon Cotes du Rhone Les Vignerons d'Estezargues 2016 (Rhone Valley, France) - [RP 91]


 
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Winery: Domaine d'Andezon
Varietal: 100% Syrah
Region: Cotes du Rhone, France
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: DANDEZONLVDESTEZARGUES16-W
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Notes from the Winemaker:
Les Vignerons d’Estézargues is a co-operative in the small town of Estézargues which is located near Avignon. The co-op is truly unique in the wine world. All over France the co-ops still play a very important role in the production and sale of wine. They receive grapes from members and then make wine from them in large batches from many different vineyards blended together with the focus on producing wine in bulk rather than quality. Les Vignerons d’Estézargues takes a fundamentally different
approach; starting in 1995 the ten different growers in this co-op began to vinify their wine separately and make single cuvées from their best plots. On the heels of the single cuvée project, Les Vignerons d’Estézargues began to practice natural winemaking – possibly one of the only co-ops in the world to do so. They use no cultured yeasts, no filtering, no fining and no enzymes during vinification or aging and only add a small amount of SO2 at bottling. They produce both site-specific wines such as Domaine d’Andezon or old-vine cuvées blended from the site-specific wines after fermentation is complete like La Granacha.

In 1994 Eric Solomon visited the Vignerons d’Estézargues and met a young, passionate director/winemaker named Jean-François Nicq. By the end of the day, they had decided on a custom bottling of old vine Syrah from one of their best parcels, Domaine d’Andezon. This opaque-black, blockbuster Syrah could have been a top Northern Rhone wine. What a find! Previously sold in bulk (vinous suicide) to a very famous producer in the Rhone Valley, Eric jumped at the opportunity to spotlight this unique expression of Syrah from a little-knowm corner of the Rhône valley. Depending on the vintage, up to 10% of the blend is Grenache from the same terroir as the Syrah.

Ratings & Reviews

91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Long-time American readers should already know this wine, as it has been a staple in the Eric Solomon portfolio for more than a decade. The 2016 Cotes du Rhone Andezon is 100% Syrah, aged entirely in tank. It's a lush, medium to full-bodied wine bursting with ripe blackberries and blueberries. No, it doesn't have the peppery spice of Syrah from the northern Rhône, but it does have enough cola-like spicy complexity to warrant an outstanding rating. Drink it over the next 3-4 years." - Joe Czerwinski (Nov 2017)

90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Shows lovely purity from the get-go, with a stream of violet, raspberry and cassis aromas and flavors carried by a silky, racy structure. A flash of iron through the finish adds length and cut. Drink now through 2020. 500 cases imported."– JM (Web Only - 2017)


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