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Domaine des Escaravailles…top notch Rasteau estate

Since Rasteau`s elevation to the Cru peerage in the summer of 2010 I`ve been seeking the right partner for our network in this wonderful appellation.. Today I met and tasted with Escaravailles wine maker and domaine owner Gilles Ferran…these are wines that I`ve long admired and I`m happy to say the domaine will be part of our tour programme this year. The domaine was launched by Gilles`s grand father in 1953 , Gilles took over running the estate in 1999 after gaining oenology qualifications at Montpelier. There are 65ha of vines, with 40 in aoc Rasteau, 7 in Cairanne, the rest in Roaix, Villedieu and Saint Roman. An extensive range , around a dozen different wines in all are produced  here, covering all three colours, Vin de France through to special cuvée old vine Rasteau, and even including VDN Rasteau (an unusual VDN blanc is made alongside the more typical ambré). Gille`s former classmate at Montpellier , the now legendary consultant oenologue Philippe Cambie puts in his ten pennny worth. To characterize the style of the reds these are big muscular wines, very pure fruit with a notably sleek mouthfeel/texture ( especially so in the case of the two top varietal wines the “Les Hautes Granges” which is pure Syrah, and the “Héritage” which is pure Grenache). The wines we were tasting were from the excellent 2010 vintage , still way too young still,  but showing tremendous potential. The quality of the whites shouldnt go unmentioned…I tasted the 2011 “La Galopine” from the barrel , a gorgeous rich mouthful of Roussanne, Marsanne and a dollop of Viognier. All lovely wines and a very charming host..our guests are going to enjoy visiting Escaravailles for certain, I`m delighted

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