Maison Les Alexandrins - Terrasses de l'Eridan
A partnership between three winegrowers from the Rhône Valley – Nicolas Jaboulet, Guillaume Sorrel and Alexandre Caso – Maison les Alexandrins produces northern wines in a style at once contemporary and timeless, always from exceptional vineyards unearthed by Alexandre Caso, a specialist in the terroirs of the northern Rhône Valley. Classics with a twist, these wines and how they are aged and blended are guided by the quest for perfect harmony from a very young age. The Syrah come from the Vinsobres region and the Grenache from southern Vaucluse.
The terroir offers a variety of soils, both chalky-clay with pebbles and gravelly-clay. The vines grow on terraces and are rich in quartz and marly limestone.
After a mild winter and spring, conditions were perfect when everything changed on June 15th: a hailstorm destroyed a large part of the Crozes-Hermitage vines. Then we experienced a heatwave in the summer, one of the hottest of the decade, which caused some berries to burn. Our team’s efforts paid back fortunately and we managed to save part of the vineyard in great sanitary condition. And if Nature is sometimes harsh, it can also be generous. The harvest went perfectly well and although the quantities are limited, this vintage promises to be magnificent, despite a climatically and morally complicated year. The years in 9 regularly mark the memory of winegrowers and this vintage was no exception.
- Harvested grapes are sorted and destalked
- Vinified in wooden and stainless steel vats
- Aged partly in wooden tronconic vats and in stainless steel vats for eight months.
This wine reveals a powerful nose with intense notes of fresh red berries and slightly peppery spices. Silky and elegant on the palate, it offers soft and delicate tannins. It will be perfect to enjoy over the next two years with red meat, a spicy dish or cheese.
This versatile wine pairs with all sorts of meat such as beef, lamb or chicken, either served with a sauce or simply grilled.
Serve at 18°C. Drink within 5 years.
Grenache : 60 %
Syrah : 40 %
The Maison Les Alexandrins Côtes du Rhône is gorgeous. It begins with a fresh inviting aromatics of cherries and red plums which are woven together with spices, lavender, florals, licorice and crushed stones that all emerge from the glass. On the palate this shows wonderful brightness with a core of red fruits and spices that expand through the silky, mouthwatering finish. While this is excellent today, it should also evolve beautifully over the next few years.
International Wine Report , 90/100 , 2020-03-11
"Unadorned cherry and raspberry puree notes stream through here, with light red licorice and bergamot accents along the edges. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Drink now. "
Wine Spectator , 89/100 , 2019-11-30
Blue Lifestyle , 91/100 , 2019-05-01