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Domaine La Bouvaude 2019 Cotes du Rhone Latitude 44


Grape Variety: Rhone Style Blend

Country: France

Region: Rhone

Domaine la Bouvaude 2019 “Latitude 44” Côtes du Rhone

Pairs with: Lamb Stew, Duck Ragu

Good for: The pause after a meal.

Grape: Grenache, Syrah

I am from: Rhone, France

The story: Rousset Les Vignes is the birthplace of Domaine de la Bouvaude and, thanks to current owner Alain Blachon, since 1969, has also formed part of the prestigious appellation AOC Côtes du Rhônes Villages Rousset Les Vignes. Steeped in history, it is believed to have been a hub of commerce for hundreds of centuries BC, not only for the Gauls who had settled there at the time, but also the Ancient Greeks, whose “Greek Pitchers” and “Pseudo-Ionian” Wine jars, are just some of the artifacts to have been uncovered in its precious soils. As well as trading goods on its picturesque plots lined with olive groves and lavender fields, Rousset Les Vignes was also heralded as somewhat of a viticultural hub too. 11th Century Benedectine monks first planted vines there on its sandstone slopes, and it was later confirmed by a 15th Century land survey that the variety of soil types in the area were also all very suitable for viticulture. Since 1930, the vineyard has been expertly managed by the Barnaud family who continue to maintain pivotal roles within the business. The current owner, Alain Blachon, (whose PHD in Earth Science and further degree in IT proved a somewhat A-typical background for a winery owner), has taken up the reins and is paving the way for some exciting projects on the horizon. His inherent knowledge of geology and the fact he was born and brought up in neighboring Grenobles, have served as catalysts to release the potential of the vineyards as well as his passion behind these wines, proof of which can be tasted in the bottles themselves.

Why you’ll love me: Medium body and ripe fruits will please many palates