Variety: 80% Syrah, 20% Grenache
Country Region: France, Southern Rhône Valley
Appellation: Cotes du Rhone
These parcels are of younger vines around 15 years old located in Vacqueyras within the area known as Garrigues. As the vines are young Adrien has down downgraded this parcel to basic Cotes du Rhone until the vines have more age. The soils are light soils covered with stones of limestone deposited from the river Ouveze. The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed and the cap held down during the ferment to create a gentle infusion. The temperature of the ferment is kept below 25c to avoid high extract or any course elements during fermentation resulting in a wine of freshness and finesse. Fermented and aged in cement tanks and bottled in the spring without fining or filtration to retain freshness and perfume.
Ourea is the name of the Greek God for mountains and heights and as this domaine owns the highest vineyard in Gigondas up amongst the Dentelles de Montmirail the name is very fitting for this incredibly beautiful vineyard does indeed feel very special. This vineyard is also naturally cool as the temperature drops by 1 degree centigrade for each 100 metres one climbs not to mention the cooling effect of the winds near the top of the Dentelles where his Gigondas vineyard is located at a height of 520 metres above sea level.
The domaine was established in 2010 when Adrien Roustan inherited vines from his grandfather including 4.5 ha of Gigondas located in the spectacular Grand Montmirail vineyard together with some plots since purchased in Vacqueyras, Côtes du Rhône and IGP. Today the total area farmed is 20 hectares.
Adrien’s parents were not winemakers so he set about educating himself attending Beaune’s oenology/viticulture program and spent 3 years working in Burgundy including an apprenticeship in 2007 at Domaine de la Romanee Conti, and also working with Turley in California. Influenced by his time with these estates Adrien works organically being certified since 2012.
In the cellar he uses whole bunch as much as possible with very light extraction and ages mostly in cement. In the vineyards he aims for planting at 10,000 vines per hectare working mostly with old established Grenache vines in both Gigondas (1975) and Vacqueyras (1950’s).
The wines at this estate show a markedly fresh profile, something we have been searching for to show just how great really old vine Grenache can be when grown in cool limestone terroir with a little altitude as is the case here. It really is time to wake up and smell the roses - and that is what you will do with a glass or two of Adrien’s brilliant fresh Gigondas.