About this WINE
Rémi Pouizin comes from a long line of highly regarded Rhône winemakers. His property, Domaine Dieu-Le-Fit is in the heart of the increasingly popular village of Visan. Part of the estate is made up of vineyards inherited from his father’s property, Domaine La Fourmente, but he has also added to the holdings and built a winery in the centre of the village.
There is honesty and integrity in everything Rémi does: his winemaking philosophy keeps nature and his quest to showcase the Visan terroir at its heart. His wines are certified organic, and he also draws on biodynamic techniques. The domaine has been Demeter accredited since 2016.
In addition to the Domaine Diel-le-Fit wines, Rémi also bottles his Rémi Pouizin selection. These are blends assembled from different plots: red clay and pudding stones at the lower altitudes, then saffre (sandstone) just above the village itself, and more varied garrigue-strewn soils on the plateau which heads in the direction of Rasteau. We are delighted to be working with Remi and his team for our Own Selection Côtes du Rhône.
Grenache (Noir) is widely grown and comes in a variety of styles. Believed to originate in Spain, it was, in the late 20th century, the most widely planted black grape variety in the world. Today it hovers around seventh in the pecking order. It tends to produce very fruity, rich wines that can range quite widely in their level of tannin.
In many regions – most famously the Southern Rhône, where it complements Syrah and Mourvèdre, among other grapes – it adds backbone and colour to blends, but some of the most notable Châteauneuf du Pape producers (such as Château Rayas) make 100 percent Grenache wines. The grape is a component in many wines of the Languedoc (where you’ll also find its lighter-coloured forms, Grenache Gris and Blanc) and is responsible for much southern French rosé – taking the lead in most Provence styles.
Found all over Spain as Garnacha Tinta (spelt Garnaxa in Catalonia), the grape variety is increasingly detailed on wine labels there. Along with Tempranillo, it forms the majority of the blend for Rioja’s reds and has been adopted widely in Navarra, where it produces lighter styles of red and rosado (rosé). It can also be found operating under a pseudonym, Cannonau, in Sardinia.
Beyond Europe, Grenache is widely planted in California and Australia, largely thanks to its ability to operate in high temperatures and without much water. Particularly in the Barossa Valley, there are some extraordinary dry-farmed bush vines, some of which are centuries old and produce wines of startling intensity.