Grotte Chauvet – Syrah/Grenache
This wine is an exclusive partnership with a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Chauvet Cave (Grotte Chauvet) was discovered on June 18th 1994 by three speleologists, Eliette Brunel, Jean-Marie Chauvet and Christian Hilaire. It contains the world’s oldest paintings known to date, 36,000 years old, and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2015.
The cavern, whose entrance is in the Ardeche gorge, is in the heart of the Côte du Vivarais appellation where the grapes for this wine are grown. A cave painting is featured on the label.
The 3.5ha vineyard is located in southern Ardèche, on the right bank of the Rhone Valley in the municipality of St Remèze. It is a plateau of clay-limestone soil, 350m above sea level, overlooking the Gorges de l’Ardèche. The vinification of the best parcels of Syrah and Grenache (50/50 in the final blend) is traditional with vatting from 15 days to 3 weeks, followed by 50% partial aging in oak barrels for a year.
A smooth and fruity nose with aromas of blackberry, licorice, pepper, spice and garrigue; the palate is elegant, deeply fruity – cherries and prunes – with tannins present and light oak notes. It is a structured wine that has a good aromatic persistence to its long finish.
Enjoy with stewed, sautéed or Provençal lamb dishes, cold buffets or strong cheeses.
Drink in 3-4 years
About the Producer
Vignerons Ardechois – UVICA – is a co-operative situated near Ruoms on the right bank of the Rhone, west of Montelimar between Lyon and Avignon. Formed over 30 years ago it has bought together 23 smaller co-operatives from 23 villages. It is the largest single wine producer in the Rhone, representing 3,000 growers with 8,500 ha of vineyards. Annual production is over 500,000 hectolitres – mainly varietal IGP Ardeche (formally Vin de Pays des Coteaux de l’Ardeche) but also AOC wines of Cotes du Rhone, Coteaux du Tricastin and Cotes du Vivarias. EU funding and a growing awareness of modern vinification techniques have encouraged the Co-ops to invest in state of the art technology, actions from which they have clearly benefitted.