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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.
Rhone Valley, France
Appellation: Châteuneuf-du-Pape Contrôlée
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.
Grapes are hand-harvested in small bins, then loaded into open-top concrete vats for temperature controlled fermentation and maceration. Grapes crush themselves through their own weight, and fermentation proceeds only with natural yeasts. During the alcoholic fermentation, which takes approximately 14 to 18 days at 28⁰C, the cap of skins and seeds in punched down (pigeage) twice a day to ensure an even maceration and extraction of color and tannin. Maceration is complete after 28 days, and the wine is drained to small oak barriques (20% new) for malolactic fermentation and aging for a further 15 months before bottling.
Deep purple ruby in color
lovely oriental spices to complement dark red and black berry fruits. Full, rich, and with resolved tannins, Domaine des Saumades Chateauneuf expresses its 100% Grenache cherry fruits with hints of mocha and chocolate. Power and elegance combine in a long luscious finish.