2013 Rasteau, Cuvée Prestige, Domaine la Soumade

2013 Rasteau, Cuvée Prestige, Domaine la Soumade

Product: 20138021513
2013 Rasteau, Cuvée Prestige, Domaine la Soumade

Description

No ‘Confiance’ was made in 2013, to the benefit of the Prestige, which has perfumed aromatics and a very fine texture. The hills behind the village have provided the fruit, which is ripe and dominated by notes of tapenade, spice and hints of black cherry. A conspicuous success in what was not generally a conspicuously successful vintage in Rasteau. Drink 2016 to 2019.
Simon Field MW - Rhône Buyer

The irrepressible André Roméro was lessthan- entirely complimentary about the 2013 vintage when we visited in November of that year. Twelve months later, his opinion has been moderated a little-more by empirical observation than by commercial imperative, one is inclined to infer. Be that as it may, the disequilibrium and dilution which he feared have not materialised; indeed quite the reverse in some instances, as the blends take on the more robust characteristics of varietals which are sometimes referred to-not without reason-as ‘cépages améliorateurs’.
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About this WINE

Andre Romero

Andre Romero

André Romero has been dubbed the `Superstar of Rasteau' by no less a figure than Robert Parker, and is equally passionate about his wines and his beloved Marseilles football club. On current form, his wines are in far better shape.

Self-taught and adhering to the virtues of low yields and extended fermentation, Romero has invested in an automatic pigeage system along Burgundian lines which ensures maximum extraction. The resulting wine is soft, yet sturdy, with berry flavours and a whiff of wood-smoke betraying its provenance.

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Rasteau

Rasteau

One of the very best villages in the Southern Rhône region, Rasteau’s red wines were promoted to their own AOC in July 2010. Before that, Rasteau merely appended its name to that of Côtes du Rhône Villages.

The vineyards are located north of Gigondas, and the wines, mainly from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes, are deep-coloured and robust, with a good structure and spicy warmth. A small amount of slightly heady white and rosé are also produced.

The Appellation Rasteau Contrôlée, established in 1944, is used for the commune’s sweet, grapey Vins Doux Naturels made from Grenache. These hearty wines come in various shades of white, rosé, tawny and red depending on how they are made and aged. Best enjoyed in their youth they seem to be making a revival, although they are not as good or as popular as those from the Rhône’s other Vin Doux Naturel appellation, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise.

A further AOC is Rasteau Rancio, a Vin Doux Naturel that has been exposed to sunshine and oxygen in barrels for up to two years, resulting in a sticky brown wine of variable quality.

Recommended producer: Domaine la Soumade

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Southern Rhône Blend

Southern Rhône Blend

The vast majority of wines from the Southern Rhône are blends. There are 5 main black varieties, although others are used and the most famous wine of the region, Châteauneuf du Pape, can be made from as many as 13 different varieties. Grenache is the most important grape in the southern Rhône - it contributes alcohol, warmth and gentle juicy fruit and is an ideal base wine in the blend. Plantings of Syrah in the southern Rhône have risen dramatically in the last decade and it is an increasingly important component in blends. It rarely attains the heights that it does in the North but adds colour, backbone, tannins and soft ripe fruit to the blend.

The much-maligned Carignan has been on the retreat recently but is still included in many blends - the best old vines can add colour, body and spicy fruits. Cinsault is also backtracking but, if yields are restricted, can produce moderately well-coloured wines adding pleasant-light fruit to red and rosé blends. Finally, Mourvèdre, a grape from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast, has recently become an increasingly significant component of Southern Rhône blends - it often struggles to ripen fully but can add acidity, ripe spicy berry fruits and hints of tobacco to blends.

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Reviews

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Wine Advocate88/100
Tasted out of bottle, the 2013 Rasteau Prestige is a mostly foudre aged blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvdre. Its a solid, well-made wine that has considerable elegance in its black cherry fruit, roasted herb, cedar and white pepper-driven bouquet. Medium-bodied, fresh and with the firm, narrow feel of the vintage, it has solid purity of fruit and should drink well for a decade.
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