Cote du Rhone Rouge NATURE, Domaine de la Roche Audran, Southern Rhone, France 2019


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Biodynamic – 32 hectares – 3 distinct terroirs – sulphite free cuvée

Domaine Roche-Audran

Vincent Rochette comes from a long line of grape growers rather than winemakers. In 1998, he bucked that trend by investing in a cellar and the necessary equipment to allow him to vinify his own grapes, which for five generations had been sold to other winemakers in the area.

Vincent is an ardent believer in the benefits of biodynamics, fully converting his estate to follow that philosophy in 2006. He uses only natural products in the vineyard and carries out all his work in keeping with the cosmic cycles of the earth, not only among the vines but also in the cellar.

One of his most interesting cuvées is the Côte du Rhone ‘Nature’, which has had no sulphites added at any stage of the winemaking process. Due to the fact that sulphites are naturally present in grapes, there are still 9mg present (below the legal 10mg limit which is required to state that the wine contains sulphites), an insignificant figure compared to the conventional levels found in most wines. The result is a wine that is simply a pure expression of Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Mourvèdre.

Harvesting, racking and bottling are all carried out in accordance with cosmic rhythms.

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John M.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Is this wise?!

I hesitate to pen a review for this wine because, selfishly, I don’t want L’Art du Vin to run out of this absolutely delicious red Rhone. Every time I reach for one of these from the rack I have to check that the occasion justifies depleting my stock (which I always manage to justify). Clean, natural and dusky fruits, full but balanced and nuanced. Time to order some more ...

United Kingdom United Kingdom

A wonderful Cote du Rhone which I enjoyed many times throughout lockdown last year. I'm not sure if the biodynamic element adds anything whatsoever, but in any case, it's a delicious and highly quaffable wine!