Côtes-du-Rhône

Côtes-du-Rhône

Maison Les Alexandrins

Maison Les Alexandrins is the newly renamed collaboration between Nicolas Jaboulet, formerly of...

the eponymous winery in Tain, winemaker Guillaume Sorrel and viticulturalist Alexandre Caso. Each person brings their expertise to this micro-négociant, an extension of Domaine Les Alexandrins, established in 2015. The aim of Maison Les Alexandrins remains the same: to buy parcels of fruit from some of the top growers in each appellation in the Northern Rhône. Maison and Domaine Les Alexandrins will soon be a permanent fixture in the Northern Rhône with a new winery under construction in Tain-l’Hermitage.

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Vineyards

This wine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. The Grenache is grown on vines located in the commune of Vaucluse and the Syrah and Mourvèdre are from vineyards further north, in Vinsobres. The vineyards are planted on a variety of soils: clay and limestone with a stony top soil. The stones are excellent for retaining heat and ensuring that the grapes achieve full ripeness.

Vintage Information

2016 was an excellent vintage. Low rainfall throughout the growing season produced smaller berries with less juice, but this led to great intensity of flavour in the wines. Both spring and summer were warm and dry, with budburst and flowering occurring in nearly ideal conditions. The hot and dry conditions persisted during the ripening period, but cool nights helped mitigate the effects of the heat and the grapes were harvested when they had reached optimum levels of ripeness.

Vinification

After the grapes were harvested, they were sorted and destemmed at the winery. Fermentation took place in a mixture of temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and oak barrels. Following fermentation, the wine was aged for eight months before it was bottled, this allowed the tannins to homogenise and soften.

Tasting Notes

This Côtes-du-Rhône offers opulent aromas of black and red fruits with a warming cinnamon spice. The combination of Grenache and Syrah gives the wine a beautiful freshness and generous mouthfeel, with an aromatic finish. This wine is drinking extremely well now, but will also age well over the next five years.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 60% Grenache/Garnacha
30% Syrah/Shiraz
10% Mourvedre
Region Côtes-du-Rhône , Southern Rhône
Winemaker Nicolas Jaboulet
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.02g/l
Residual Sugar 0.4g/l
Wine pH 3.6