Domaines des 3 Vallees Cotes du Roussillon Grenache Gris 2009 (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)

Domaines des 3 Vallees Cotes du Roussillon Grenache Gris 2009
(Languedoc-Roussillon, France)


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About This Wine:

Vineyards:
1,200 acres between about 40 active members.

Appellation
Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes.

Composition
100% Grenache Gris.

Viticulture
Produced from vines ranging from 40 to 90 years in age, yielding just 2 tons/acre.

Vinification
Stainless steel vinification, underwent malolactic fermentation in tank. Unoaked.

Alcohol: 14.1%

Tasting Notes
Medium to light-bodied and very aromatic, with intense fruit, floral notes, green herb character and a light spiciness on the nose.

Ratings & Reviews



Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The second year releases from importer-vintner Dan Kravitz's Domaine des 3 Vallees project (in collaboration with the cooperative of Tautavel and Vingrau of which he is now a member, and who bottle other wines labeled as "Trois Vallees" inside Europe) are a disappointment after the excitement I experienced (and wrote about in issue 184) with the 2008s, so here's hoping that these 2009s, as I anticipate, represent the long-term exceptions. (But for reviews of several outstanding debut releases from another Kravitz-Tautavel-Vingrau project, "Le Cirque" and under the coop's own official name, "Les Vignerons de Tautavel Vingrau," see elsewhere in this report.) While the 3 Vallees Grenache Gris is one 2009 white that managed to convey freshness and minerality, it tastes as though this was at the expense of waiting long enough for really ripe flavors." - David Schildknecht (Jun 2011)