From: Rhône Valley, France
Varietals: 50% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre
Taste: The heavier clay soils found in Signargues - that’s the specific Village this wine comes from - really aid to provide drought resistance in hotter vintages, and to offer a darker fruited, yet extremely restrained Cote du Rhone wine. You’ll pick up immediately on the deep blackberry notes, baking spice undertone, and woodsy hallmarks characteristic of the Rhone, all balanced perfectly and without any hard edges.
Pairing: We’re going with a vegetarian pairing today, for Eggplant and Potato Gratin, by Nik Sharma! This recipe will yield 4 servings, and will take approximately 1 ¼ hours to make.
About. Montagnette is produced at Les Vignerons D'Estezargues, a small Southern Rhone Cooperative located in the Gard Departement, west of Villeneuve-Les-Avignon. They are a unique co-op because each vineyard is farmed sustainably and the wines are bottled separately for each estate. The yields in the vineyards are not high because the soil is very arid in this particular region. The co-op's commitment to environmentally-respectful viticulture and to non-interventionist winemaking made it possible to follow the "Terra Vitis" charter. Denis Deschamps, the winemaker now in charge, began to work here in 2002, and works with no cultured yeasts, no filtration, no fining, no enzymes, no SO2 on the grapes at harvest (or during the vinification), only a little bit for bottling.