Chateau la Genestiere - AOP Lirac - Terre de Soie - red - 2017 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE WINEMAKERS ARE SAYING
“The color is deep red with purplish reflections; the purple disc marks the youth of this wine. On the nose, the first aromas are vanilla, roasted, cocoa and after aeration reveal notes of ripe fruit. On the palate, the attack is delicate with melted tannins and reveals aromas of cassis and crushed blackberries. The finish is peppery, spicy with a touch of vanilla with an exceptional length which suggests a great aging potential.” Chateau La Genestiere
Château la Genestière is the living memory of the history of Avignon. During the 16th century, the estate was a silk workshop. The basin, that used to feed the mill to weave silk, still exists today. Spanish broom was grown to produce silk. During the 18th century, no less than 15 000 people worked in the silk industry in Avignon, France being in those days the world’s leading silk exporter.
Wine production at la Genestière only began in 1930, after the decline of the silk industry. In 1994 Jean-Claude and Raphaël Garcin purchased the estate, which already had a great reputation in France and abroad. Throughout the years, with lots of work, perseverance and skill, they grew the estate by adding Domaines Saint-Anthelme, Les Ramières and Longval, to cover the greatest areas of the Southern Rhône: Tavel, Châteauneuf du Pape, Lirac and Côtes du Rhône.
In 2015 Christian Latouche, who already owned two estates in the Baux de Provence, purchased the property to keep this fascinating story going.
Grape varieties: Grenache (50%), Syrah (30%), Mourvèdre (20%)
Terroir: Limestone clay with spreading rolled pebbles. The terroir is sunny and swept by the mistral.
Yield: 40 hectoliters per hectare.
Vinification: Vinification with punching down and temperature control over a long vatting period. After selecting the best vintages by tasting, the final blend is aged in new barrels for one year.
Food & Wine Pairing: It is served with game, wild boar, hare stew.
Aging potential: Drink between 5 and 10 years and more.