Domaine de la Berthète, Vin de Pays de la Principauté d’Orange, Southern Rhône, France 2020

Regular price £10.25

Classic S Rhone blend from a serious producer - produced as Vin de Pays, and offering superb value

From the Middles Ages, vines have been grown on the Plaine du Plan de Dieu in the heart of the Southern Rhône. Back then you were taking your life in your hands crossing the plain as bandits freely roamed the land. This perhaps gave rise to the plain's name as whether you lived or died was up to God's plan. Pascal Maillet's original plan, having studied computer sciences, had nothing to do with wine, but almost overnight this changed. In 1993, Pascal and his wife, Marie-Pierre, bought this family domaine. They now work the stone ridden, clay-limestone soils of the plain to create wonderful vigourous wines in a traditional style from 35 year old vines. Full of garrigue notes with sweet black fruit and nuances of spice, these wines are some the best hand crafted offerings in the Southern Rhône. God's plan can indeed be mysterious.

Tasting Note: Good depth of colour, appealing aromas of ripe red fruits and warm dry summers, good body of fruit on the palate layered with freshness and structure. An easy-drinking, vivaciously fruity red wine with a refreshing dry finish which is fantastic both with or without food.

Critics: Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 (average producer score)

Grenache (50%), Carignan (20%), Marselan (13%), Caledoc 13% Syrah 4%