Dom de la Berthete 'Pierrugues' CdR Rouge 20
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You'll find Domaine la Berthète in the village of Camaret-sur-Aigues. It's barely a 10-minute drive south on D975 Route de Camaret from our friends at Domaine Martin. The vineyards of Domaine la Berthète share the same outstanding terroir of the Plan de Dieu, and like Domaine Martin, they focus on producing wines from Grenache and Syrah.
Pascal Maillet Photo Credit: JP Bourgeois
Pascal Maillet and his wife Marie-Pierre purchased the estate in 1993 after Pascal made a life-altering decision to leave a computer science career to become a winemaker. It was a great choice - he's now considered one of the top Independent Vignerons in the Southern Côtes-du-Rhône.
I started to write some "in the glass" notes; however, I can't resist using this fabulous tasting note from my friend Jean-Philippe Bourgeois:
"Hand-harvesting preserves the best qualities of Domaine la Berthète's fruit, and the very uncommon step of barrel-aging a "humble" Côtes-du-Rhône is necessary to integrate the tannins here into the impressive structure that's more akin to Gigondas. Its knockout aromas of black cherry and cassis get fleshed out with dark spices and black olive for a nose that conveys seemingly impossible promise. It more than lives up to that promise with an intense and compelling palate of deftly balanced fruity, spicy, and meaty characteristics, and a texture that begs to be slowly sipped and savored. A long, mouthwatering finish suggests pairing with indulgent lamb and feta burgers, Tex-Mex, BBQ ribs, and creamy washed-rind cheeses. Drink over the next 5 years".
50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 20% Carignan, and 5% Cinsault.