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Area named after the municipality of the same name in the southern section of the wine-growing region Rhone, The vineyards cover around 900 hectares of vines, mainly in the municipality of Rasteau, but also to some extent in the municipalities cairanne and Sablet in the department Vaucluse, With regard to the classification, a distinction must be made between red wines (AOC and Cru only since the 2009 vintage), white wines and rosé wines (both are considered Cotes du Rhone-Villages marketed) and Vin doux naturel (AOC since 1944). The climate is Mediterranean, the often occurring mistral leads to sensitive cooling. The surfaces of the high-class wines face south and are shielded from the mistral. The vineyards are located on the slopes of Montagne de Ventabren on soils made of pebble and greyish limestone with a base of reddish clay.

Rasteau - vineyards

The dry Rasteau Rouge (red wine) is made from at least 50% Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ), at least 20% Mourvèdre ( Monastrell ) and or Syrah, as well as a maximum of 20% of the white varieties Cinsault. Clairette. Marsanne, Picpoul ( Piquepoul ) Roussanne. Terret Noir, Ugni Blanc ( Trebbiano Toscano ) Viognier and others produced.

The sweet dessert wines Rasteau Vin doux naturel are made from Grenache Noir, Grenache Gris ( Garnacha Roja ) or Grenache Blanc ( Garnacha Blanca ) with at least 90% share, as well Bourboulenc, Clairette, Cinsaut, Counoise, Mourvèdre, Picardan, Picpoul, Roussanne, Syrah, Terret Noir, Ugni Blanc ( Trebbiano Toscano ), Vaccarèse ( Brun Argenté ) and Viognier blended. You will be using pure alcohol with at least 96% vol gespritet; the alcohol content must be at least 15% vol up to a maximum of 21.5% vol residual sugar be at least 45 g / l.

Depending on the grape variety and vinification, they are produced in different shades, which are called ambré ( Amber ), blanc (white), grenat ( garnet ), rosé and tuilé ( brick-red ). The red version goes through one maceration and mostly consists of 100% Grenache Noir. The rosé is made using Saignée method generated. The Ambré and Tuilé wines are in contact with the air in wood or in tanks expanded oxidatively, These are called Rancio (matured at least 12 months) or Hors d'Age (Vintage cuvée, the youngest wine must be at least five years old). These have a special aroma of dried fruit.

Well-known producers are Domaine Beaurenard, Domaine Didier Charavin, Domaine de Girasols, Domaine Beau Mistral, Domaine de la Grangeneuve, Domaine Bressy Masson, Domaine Gourt de Mautens, Domaine la Soumade, Tardieu-Laurent, Domaine des Coteaux des Travers and the WG Cave de Rasteau with over 50% production share.

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