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After the eponymous municipality designated area in the southern section of the wine-growing region Rhone, The vineyards cover about 900 hectares of vineyards, especially in the community Rasteau, but partly in the municipalities cairanne and Sablet in the department Vaucluse, With regard to the classification, a distinction must be made in red wines (AOC and Cru only since the vintage 2009), white wines and rosé wines (both are considered as Côtes du Rhône-Villages marketed) and Vin doux naturel (AOC since 1944). The climate is Mediterranean influenced, the often occurring Mistral leads to sensitive cooling. The areas of the high-class wines are oriented to the south and shielded from the Mistral. The vineyards are located on the slopes of the Montagne de Ventabren on soils of pebbly and greyish limestone with a basic mass 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 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. They are 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, the residual sugar at least 45 g / l.

They are produced according to grape varieties and vinification 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 using Saignée method generated. The Ambré and Tuilé wines are made with air contact in the wood or in tanks oxidatively expanded, These bear the name Rancio (at least 12 months matured) or Hors d'age (Vintage cuvée, the youngest wine must be at least five years old). These have a special aroma after dried fruits.

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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