Domaine du Vieux Lazaret – Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Red 2009
Tasting Notes: Rich crimson, dark ripe berries. This wine is such a beautiful expression of its terroir, decant it to give it room to breathe, allow its soft spices to aerate. You can’t ignore its tendency to tobacco notes. Smooth and persistent, distinguished tannins.
Production Notes: A blend of 13 grape varieties, but predominantly: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault. Total de-stemming, pumping over twice daily. Two to three weeks in concrete vats then matured for 18 months in vats with 15% matured in “foudres” (wine tank).
Pair With: For red meats; dishes with heavy sauces like pepper or mushroom sauces; cheeses and also meat terrines.
*Note – there is also their Cuvée Exceptionnelle which earned a 95/100 ranking in the Gilbert & Gaillard 2013 edition.
Domaine du Vieux Lazaret –Famille Quiot- Châteauneuf-du-Pape jeromequiot.com
Domaine du Vieux Lazaret spans both Châteauneuf-du-Pape (95 Ha.) and Côtes du Ventoux (14 Ha.). The Quiot family became owners of this 15th c. domain in 1871. Parts of it were originally an old “Lazaret,” which in the 18th c. was a hospice run by religious Lazarists – they played a pivotal role in helping villagers during the plague of 1720. On the other part of the domaine, 30 km. away at the foot of Mont Ventoux, the vineyards are distinguished by two landmark 100 yr. old cypress trees that form a natural archway at the entrance to the estate.
A family dynasty. What’s more, Vignobles Famille Quiot,who has been making French wines since 1748, is a veritable and authentic French wine dynasty. The family represents a marriage union (1975) of two heirs, Jérôme and Geneviève, to families Quiot and Houchart, each with long and successful winemaking histories in both Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Provence. They have continued the legacy, now aided by their two children, Florence and Jean-Baptiste, with exports totaling 95% of their annual 1.2 million bottle production. Famille Quiot is one of the largest, by volume, and oldest family and privately held, winemaking operations in Southern France.
Their vineyards and domains represent vast vineyard acreage and grape holdings: Châteauneuf-du-Pape (110 Ha. total), Côtes du Ventoux (14 Ha.), Côtes du Rhône (70 Ha.) and Provence (80 Ha.). All together their landholdings represent 300 hectares, spread out over 25 appellations. The house signature is a blending of tradition with modernism.
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