92 Insider Points

REVIEWS

"Dark ruby. Aromas of dark fruits, violets and cedar, ending on notes of thyme and coffee beans. Ample and elegant with apparent yet soft tannins. Flavours of wild berries and black cherries. The finale is remarkably long." - 92 Insider Points

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Rhone Blend
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Built in Roman times, Château de Bord in the village of Laudun belonged to the Vicars of Uzes during the 11th century and later by the Count of Toulouse. It was abandoned after the French Revolution in 1789 and changed hands several times until it was purchased in 1991 by the Brotte family, who saw incredible potential in its surrounding vines. Walls of a medieval castle with tall stature overlook the vines. Situated on a south facing hillside, the vineyard is spread over 22ha of terraces. Its soil is a well drained mixture of clay and limestone and is rich in fossils of oysters and other sea shells left by the retreating sea in the Mesozoic era, some 250 to 65 million years ago.

TASTING NOTES 

"Potent blackberry and mulberry flavors are shaded by sandstone and chalk in this remarkably elegant wine. It's a plush, richly concentrated wine, but has a savory, earthen tone that lends freshness and balance. Ripe, supple tannins linger on the finish, accentuating its silky demeanor. Enjoy now–2022." 91pts. Wine Enthusiast

THE STORY TO KNOW

Laurent Brotte operates this family-owned business, which encompasses the Domaine Barville estate, plus several other labels under the Brotte umbrella. Most famous of these is probably the La Fiole range, which includes the non-vintage La Fiole du Pape, normally a blend of wines from the past four vintages—30% wines that are three to four years old and 70% wines that are one to two years old. The Brotte range includes various offers from Cairanne and the Côtes du Rhône.