Founded in 1965, Les Vignerons d’Estézargues is located in the Gard département on the ‘wrong’ side of the Rhône, some 20 kilometres west of Avignon. It handles fruit sourced from almost 400 hectares of vines, mostly classified as either Côtes du Rhône or Côtes du Rhône Villages Signargues, the latter an appellation created in 2004 for red wines only and encompassing the communes of Estézargues, Domazan, Saze and Rochefort du Gard.
A medium-full bodied blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvédre.
Only natural yeast fermentations are employed and sulphur levels are kept to an absolute minimum. Neither is there any fining or filtration on any of the red wines. Being one of the warmer pockets of the southern Rhône, the vines tend not to be under too much threat from rot and the crop arrives at the cellar in a healthy condition, which helps negate the use of additives; the natural alcohol and tannins within the wines adding to their stability.
Plenty of forward pepper and spice notes, a touch of liquorice and sweet fruit moving through to a mouth covering tarry finish.
Try with a venison casserole, mixed grilled vegetables, slow cooked pork shoulder with celery & braised rhubarb, sausage sandwich with grilled mushrooms and tomatoes or pork pie & coleslaw