Terrific wine especially if you love big, rich, full-throttle Rhones. Since the 2009 vintage, Rasteau is its own appellation. Prior to that, Rasteau was one of the names allowed to be added to Cotes du Rhone Villages wines (as of 1996).
This fuss over Rasteau is not without merit. The wines from Rasteau are generally terrific and this wine is no exception!
The nose of the Les Touilleres shows a great mix of red, blue and black fruits with an herby (not herbal), subtle smoky element.
The wine is deep and rich on the palate and shows a variety of fruits – raspberry, blueberry, blackberry – with some hints of fennel, thyme and nutmeg.
There’s a ton of stuff going on in this blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan from 50 year old vines aged 15 months in concrete tanks. Enologist Philippe Cambie consults on these wines and they’re a great bargain worthy of your attention! Well done!