About Domaine de la Bastide 2020 Cotes du Rhone, La Petite Verdiere
Vincent and Stephanie Boyer's domaine in Visan contains a great historical reference in winemaking and European feudalism. The building in which Vincent's family resides is surrounded by old Mourvèdre vines and fig and cherry trees. It is a fortified farmhouse that was built by Templar knights in the middle ages who achieved great wealth and prominence in the 12th and 13th centuries and established many farms and vineyards. The Bastide property is a historical place where Vincent and Stephanie, also trained oenologists, carry forward the domaine with energy, innovation and focus.
In French, a ‘Verdière” is a forest that is under the protective care of a ranger, also called a Verdière. Considering the long history of their family serving as caretakers of the land in Suze la Rousse, ‘La Petite Verdière’ is the perfect name for the wines they are making here. The red wines from La Petite Verdière are a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Carignan. The soils in Suze la Rousse are arid and poor, with a lot of small stones, perfect for the cultivation of carignan, so the Côtes du Rhône contains 30%, providing added structure while maintaining roundness on the palette. The grapes are certified organically grown.
From a 19 acre parcel of 30-year-old vines. 50% grenache, 30% carignan, 20% syrah planted to stoney, garrigue terroir. 100% destemmed fruit, vinified on skins for 8-15 days in the tank. Aged for several months in the tank with daily pump-overs.