Cotes du Rhone La Griffe Domaine de Villeneuve 2016

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Cotes du Rhone La Griffe Domaine de Villeneuve, Biodynamic wine, zero added sulphur wine, old vine Grenache, wild red wine full of the taste of terroir! La Griffe, Villeneuve, it is not really Cotes du Rhone, it is not Chateauneuf, it is simply La Griffe! 50 year old vines of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre just on the outskirts of the Villeneuve domain. The La Griffe vineyard produces stunning quality fruit and the wine is made entirely and only by nature. Wild yeasts, no fining, filtration or temperature control and no sulphur, beautiful wine that will age for years. I had an older vintage only once after 20 wines beforehand but its intensity allied to stunning lively fruit outshone many of the more expensive wines we were tasting. Unique vineyard, unique natural wine!

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Biodynamic, Natural, Organic
Producer Domaine De Villeneuve
Country France
Region Southern Rhone, France
Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Grenache
Terroir Pudding stones, clay, limestone
Alcohol 14% abv
Maturation Old barrels
Total Sulphur Below 50 mg/l
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential A long time, 10 years at least, likely 20.

In 1993, Stanislas Wallut and Philipe du Roy de Blicquy bought Domaine de Villeneuve.

They refurbished the estate, built an underground winery and set about converting the 8,4 hectares of vines to biodynamic farming. The estate is made up mostly of old Grenache, growing on galets, which are typical of the region, and help the grapes reach optimum ripeness. After a few years, Philippe had to pull out of the project because of health reasons, and then in 2009, Stan added another 4 hectares of Côtes-du-Rhône, just north of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. The complexity of Stan’s wines is due to the low yields he obtains by carefully farming but also the fact that his vines are quite old, with plants between 30 and 100 years old. Stanislas runs his domaine without pretension, his cellar and tasting room are simple and straight forward, his approach to his work is according nature's natural rhythms. His wines are far from simple yet they are very easy drinking and always bring you back for more.

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  1. David W

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    This + cheese + charcuterie = bliss

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  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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Cotes du Rhone La Griffe Domaine de Villeneuve 2016

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