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