Domaine de la Citadelle
Domaine de la Citadelle is one of the Southern Rhône's newest stars, having been founded as recently as 1990. It started life as a nondescript albeit beautiful farm that was purchased by the entrepreneur Yves Rousset-Rouard, after he was captivated by the outstanding scenery and landscapes of the region and its untapped potential. Originally a mere 8 hectare farm, today the 39 hectares surround the pretty village of Menerbes, on the north-facing side of the majestic Luberon mountains. Motivated by a constant search for higher quality, the viticulture is moving towards a totally organic approach, after 20 years of managing the vines without chemical inputs. Rousset-Rouard realised, however, that technology would also need to play its part and to that end invested in a state-of-the-art winery, built into the sides of the hill. It is one of the region's most innovative and striking cellars. Now managed by son Alexis along with his oeneologist, Noël Rabot, careful vineyard management, modern vinification techniques and tight quality controls are continuing to produce excellent results. Always emphasising elegance over power, these are complex and refined wines, in contrast to some of the more heavy handed examples from the appellation.
Bright gold in the glass, the aromas open with peach, nectarine and soft spice, typical of the Viognier variety. A richly fruity palate with more stone-fruits, and a touch of lime peel, there is a zip of acidity which balances beautifully with the weight of the fruit.
For something different try a saddle of rabbit with a prune and Armagnac stuffing.