Domaine D’andezon Cotes du Rhone 2020


Domaine d’Andezon is one of the member-estates of Les Vignerons d’Estezargues and is unique in the region. While most of the vineyards in the Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Signargues are heavier clays covered with up to a meter of galets formed at the same time as the famed plateaux of galets in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this isn’t the terroir at Andezon. Instead, it is a fine pale sandy and chalky soil that favors Syrah (comprising 90-95% of Andezon in most vintages) in this hot and windy region by giving it an herbal lift and bright acidity.

 Les Vignerons d’Estézargues is a co-operative cellar in the small town of Estézargues which is located near Avignon. Starting in 1995 the ten different growers in this co-op began to vinify their wine separately and make single cuvees from their best plots. Unusual for a co-op, putting them on the map as serious winemakers.

 Their Cotes-du-Rhone comes from sandy, chalky soils, rather than the usual heavy clay, and is, consequently, fresher and lighter than its counterparts. It’s gamey, herbaceous and punctuated by ripe purple fruit.

Tasting Notes

Violet in color, this red wine offers a lot of aromas on the nose including black fruit. The mouth is prevalent with spices of licorice and black olive. This wine will continue to develop over time bringing more complexity and power.

 Sourced from Andezon, one of their prime plots, this is a blockbuster Syrah/Grenache blend reminiscent of the grand wines of Cornas. Aromas of cassis, black olive, and flowers lead to a lush palate where cassis takes center stage along with black cherry. Accents of savory herbs, licorice, and graphite add complexity; firm yet supple tannins ensure that this wine can develop further with several years of cellar aging. This is a BIG wine tailor-made for heartier fare, but it is also delicious sans cuisine.