Cave d’Estezargues, Coteaux du Pont du Gard
A full bodied and certified organic red from the southern Rhône region, this IGP demonstrates the immense potential of wines outside of AOC classification.
Only natural yeast fermentations are employed and sulphur levels are kept to an absolute minimum. Neither is there any fining or filtration on any of the red wines. Being one of the warmer pockets of the southern Rhône, the vines tend not to be under too much threat from rot and the crop arrives at the cellar in a healthy condition, which helps negate the use of additives; the natural alcohol and tannins within the wines adding to their stability.
A delicious organic blend with a forceful nose of pepper and liquorice and chewy, jammy prune and hedgerow fruits on the palate. The finish is smooth and light with integrated tannins.
About the Producer
Founded in 1965, Les Vignerons d’Estézargues is located in the Gard département on the ‘wrong’ side of the Rhône, some 20km west of Avignon. It handles fruit sourced from almost 400ha of vines, mostly classified as either Côtes du Rhône or Côtes du Rhône Villages Signargues.
Unlike on the right bank of the river, the vineyards here are more dispersed and tend to be located in smaller pockets, often within individual clos, and surrounded by woodland. Rather than the monoculture of the plains to the east, the terrain here is more undulating with some moderate slopes. Whilst it is possible to find the typical galets (shingle stones) of the region, the soils here are made up more of red clay and pebbles.
During the early 1990s, the co-operative moved towards a more qualitative approach and rather than selling wine off in bulk, began to concentrate on bottled sales, creating a range of ten individual domaine wines, sourced from the most significant members.