A blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Carignan, 10% Syrah, and 5% Counoise, the Col du Debat is hand harvested, hand sorted, fully destemmed, wild yeast fermented, aged 12 months in French oak, and unfiltered. Medium to full bodied, elegant and balanced with concentrated dark red fruit, pepper spice and supple tannins. This wine can be aged over a decade. Drinking now, decant for an hour.

Inherited from their great grandparents, Anne-Marie and Jean-Marie Astart farm the vineyard with the deepest respect for the land, thus adhering to traditional farming methods. The vineyard is a mere 5 hectares, the average age of the vines 45 years.

Cairanne is a sunny village in the Rhone Valley just north of Avignon once ruled by the Knights Templar in the 12th century. The mediterranean climate makes for balanced, full-flavored wines.

 

Domaine les Hautes Cances, Côte du Rhône Villages Cairanne Cuvée Col du Debat $22 / 750 ml