Côtes-du-Rhône Luminaris, Domaine La Luminaille

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One hectare of 30yo vines on clay-based terraces with 50% planted in the forest of Rasteau at 350-400m altitude where it is a little cooler and more humid.
Type:
Vintage:
2019
Size:
75cl
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
60% Clairette, 30% Marsanne, 10% Bourboulenc
Style:
Dry
ABV:
12%
Producer:
Region:
Country:
France
Sub Region:
Southern Rhone
Sub Sub Region:
Rasteau
Body:
Rich, rounded and full flavoured
Drinking Window:
Drink Now
Closure Type:
Cork
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£22.99
 

La Luminaille

The lieu-dit La Luminaille is a special place in local folklore, found behind the village of Rasteau, to the north of the appellation and surrounded by hills reaching 450m, it takes its name from the olive leaves’ extraordinary radiance during a full moon. A contiguous 12ha domaine with a high concentration of old vines (Rasteau’s undeniable advantage over its neighbours), La Luminaille has some of the best terroirs in the AC, where deep sedimentary soils have plenty of CNDP style stones, fragments of calcaire from the Alps, and sit on precious water-retaining marls (blue and grey). Julie Paolucci is the fifth generation at the domaine, she took the helm after her father’s sudden passing away and was joined by her partner Nicolas Brès, previously chef de culture for organic estates in the region. Starting in 2015, they assiduously ploughed the soils, applied organic principles aiming for natural balance among their vines, and in doing so reduced yields to an average of 30hh (sometimes 15hh for very old vines).

Tasting Notes

Freshly sliced pear on the nose, a hint of provencal herbs on the palate and fine bitters on the finish.

Vinification

The whole bunches were slowly pressed for a little extra texture, and the finished wine was then cuve aged. The malos often don’t take place although they are not intentionally blocked. The wine has surprising freshness (low pH 3.3), low alcohol and a lovely density.