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Domaines des Saumades was created in 1995 by Frank Mousset, a young winemaker with significant winemaking pedigree. Indeed, his grandfather was the late Louis Mousset, who turned Château des Fines Roches into one of the most successful negoçiants in the Rhône. Leveraging his ancestry and a lifelong immersion in the fine art of winemaking, Mousset today crafts glorious wines made from some of the Châteauneuf du Pape’s most popular grape varieties. At 2.25 hectares, Saumades is the smallest domaine in the AOC. The vintner is able, as a result, to pay meticulous attention to detail and his stamp of approval goes into every wine, of which only about 500 cases are produced annually.

Production Area
Rhone Valley, France
Appellation: Châteuneuf-du-Pape Contrôlée

SOIL/VINEYARD
The tiny 5 acre vineyard of Saumades is located in the center of the Chateauneuf du Pape vineyard area, with fairly sandy soils and only a few of the large Galets stones for which the area is famous. It sits adjacent to the famous sites of Pegau and La Roquette.

Grape Varieties
Grenache Blanc, Bourbelenc, and Clairette in equal proportions (1/3 each)

Vinification
The grapes are harvested at optimum ripeness in small bins, transported to the cellar, and slowly pressed in a small pneumatic bladder press. The juice descends into small oak barriques (3 or 4 year old barriques to prevent oak flavors) for primary alcoholic and malolactic fermentations. The wine is aged for 12 months in the same barrels before bottling.

Taste
An explosion of tropical fruits, with mango, papaya, ripe pear, and kiwi dominating more subtle mineral elements. Rich, viscous, almost late-harvest in intensity and depth, this white wine is made for Provencal cuisine.

 

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