I had heard of Andrew Guard before, but never had a chance to try any of the wines that he imports mainly from France.
Having lunch today at Fratelli's in Potts Point, one of our favourite Saturday lunch spots (if you can find a table...) we were enticed to try a Domaine Les Genestas 2007, a Cotes-du-Rhone that turned out to be exceptional in its character and suppleness.
Interestingly enough, looking at the label at the back of the bottle (Is there a back and a front to a cylindrical object???...), we found out that it was part of the small collection of wines imported by Andrew Guard. We found out much later over a second cup of coffee taken at the bar, that Fratelli also have a Cotes-du-Ventoux from the same merchant. Domaine Les Genestas is a relatively new winery, part of the cooperative "Cave des Vignerons d'Estezargues" , where vignerons can contribute collectively, or under their own label. They all practice organic and biodynamic grape growing and winemaking techniques.
This particular wine is 50% Shiraz, 30% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre, an interesting combinaison.
For reference, my favourite Cotes-du-Rhone from Vidal-Fleury is 50% Grenache, 30% Shiraz and 20% Mourvedre and should be rounder than Les Genestas, but the jury is out there to decide which one is going to be my new favourite...
The vineyards are at Southern end of the Appellation and on the Pont du Gard side of the Rhone river, on your way from Avignon to Uzes, and are part of a new appelation created in 2004: Cotes-du-Rhone Signargues.
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