White, Ready, but will keep

2016 Marsanne, Domaine Dieu-le-Fit, Pouizin, Méditerranée

2016 Marsanne, Domaine Dieu-le-Fit, Pouizin, Méditerranée

White | Ready, but will keep | Jean-Louis & Rémi Pouizin | Code:  49872 | 2016 | France > Rhône > Côtes du Rhône Villages | Marsanne | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.5 % alcohol


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The Producer

Jean-Louis & Rémi Pouizin

Jean-Louis & Rémi Pouizin

Rémi Pouizin formerly made wine at his father’s property, Domaine La Fourmente, just outside Visan.

Now he has branched out on his own, buying a magnificent 19th century château in the heart of the village, and securing a biodynamic accreditation for his vineyards, which essentially remain the same. Only the legal structure and the location of the winery have changed substantially: the essence of the excellent Domaine La Fourmente still remains, albeit a little improved and with a new, divinely inspired name.

Visan is one of the more self-effacing of the Côtes du Rhône Villages, not clamouring self-righteously for standalone appellation status, and therefore less well-known than near neighbours such as Rasteau and Vacqueyras. Despite this, the wines can be excellent.

The Grape



Marsanne is the predominant white grape variety grown in the Northern Rhône where it is used to produce white St. Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, and Hermitage. It is a tricky grape to cultivate, being susceptible to diseases and being particularly sensitive to extreme climatic changes - if growing conditions are too cool, then it fails to ripen fully and produces thin, insipid wines, while, if too hot, the resultant wines are blowsy, overblown and out of balance.

In the Northern Rhône it tends to be blended with around 15% Rousanne and produces richly aromatic, nutty wines which age marvellously - the best examples are from Hermitage and particularly from Chapoutier. Increasingly it is being grown in the Southern Rhône and Languedoc Roussillon where it is bottled as a single varietal or blended with Roussanne, Viognier, and sometimes Chardonnay. It is also grown very successfully in Victoria in Australia where some of the world`s oldest Marsanne vines are to be found.

The Region

Côtes du Rhône Villages

A clear step up from basic Côtes du Rhône in terms of both quality and price, the Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation covers an area of 5,700 hectares entirely within the Southern Rhône. About 15 percent of the size of its generic counterpart, it offers mostly excellent, very good value wines from all three hues that are more serious, concentrated and interesting.

Red wines dominate, made up of a minimum 50 percent Grenache, at least 20 percent Syrah and Mourvèdre, and no more than 20 percent from 10 other named varieties. Out of 95 communes that are eligible to use the Villages name, the finest 18 of them have the right to append their village name, as long as the wine is exclusively from that commune. The classification is quite fluid though, with Gigondas, Vacqueyras, and Beaumes de Venise and Vinsobres and Rasteau having been upgraded to AOC status, and other villages like Massif d’Uchaux and Plan de Dieu being added.

Best enjoyed from two to 10 years of age, the best wines probably come from Cairanne and Sablet, but all are well worth a look. The whites are rapidly improving and are delicious in their first three years. Rosé wines are made from the same cépage as the reds and are usually very good.

Recommended Producers: Chapoton, Domaine Cros de la Mûre, La Soumade

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