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LA BASTIDE SAINT DOMINIQUE

LVT (Last Vintage Tasted) 2019 r 2019 wh 2011 rosé  The Tradition Châteauneuf-du-Pape red wine is unpretentious, classic Châteauneuf, no frills, good. The old vines Grenache Châteauneuf-du-Pape Secrets de Pignan was a ***** STGT wine in 2016 from its N-E sector, sandy soils. It is the class act, the 2019 my preferred wine of the three reds, ****(*), showing the aromatic finesse of Châteauneuf with conviction. The third red, Hespérides, stands apart through being composed of half Grenache, half Mourvèdre, meaning it is more muscular, and slower to come to hand.

The Châteauneuf-du-Pape white is 33% Clairette rose, while the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chapelle [under 1,000 bottles, not made every year] is 100% Clairette rose, and well worth seeking out. There is also good Côtes du Rhône Villages red. This has become an extremely reliable estate, the standard high across the board. There are now organic practices for the  Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards.

I would highlight the excellent Côtes du Rhône white in 2016 and 2019, a **** w.o.w. wine in 2016, and also **** in 2019. Half of the wine is split between Grenache blanc and Clairette blanche, both early 1980s, which gives a good platform, and prevents the 50% younger Viognier from over-spreading.

Since 2013 there has been a good Cairanne - usually ***(*) to **** - from the very dark clay soils East of the village near the border with Rasteau; called Les 2 Arbres after two old trees there, it is stylish, and Eric reckons it can age very well thanks to the clay soils.

There is also a merchant range under the title Réserve St Dominique, the 2016 Ventoux red a highly expressive, tasty **** w.o.w. wine, the 2017 Rasteau a **** STGT wine. Go on, Eric!

Gérard, Marie-Claude, son Éric Bonnet 1358 chemin Saint Dominique 84350 Courthézon

Tel: +33(0)490 70 85 32

http://www.bastide-st-dominique.com

contact@bastide-st-dominique.com

Countries exported to:1) USA 2) GB 3) Belgium 4) Denmark

Percentage Exported: 60%

British Importers: Connoisseur Estates Ltd Binfiedl Vineyard Forest Road Wokingham Berkshire RG40 5SE www.connoisseurestates.co.uk sales@connoisseurestates.co.uk Bibendum Wine Ltd 113 Regent's Park Road London NW1 8UR +44(0)207 449 4110/+44(0)207 722 5577 www.bibendum-wine.co.uk Ireland: Power Wine Merchants, Dublin Connemara Wine Cellar, Galway

USA Importers: Cape Cod Wholesale 195 route 6A & Skaket Corners Orelans MA 02653 Simon’n’Cellars Didier Simonin 1503 6th Street S.E Charlottesville VA 22901 +1434 977 4476 simonncellars@embarqmail.com Golden State Wine Co 16311 Stagg St Van Nuys CA 91406 +1818 908 9509 www.goldenstatewine.com Cape Cod Wholesale 195 MA-6A Orleans MA 02653 +1508 255 8010 www.ccwws.com Wines and Beyond 1 Civic Centre Poughkeepsie NY 12601 +1845 471 1357 www.winesandbeyondimport.com