Fresh, delicious Rhône white blend of Viognier, Marsanne and a new one for us, Chasselas.
This wine has fresh tropical and citrus notes but with a depth of flavour and texture from the Chasselas. Chasselas is a white grape variety most commonly found in Switzerland, and in this instance it has been skin-fermented to give texture.
Domaine des Miquettes was created by Paul Estève and Chrystelle Vareille in 2003 in the village of Cheminas, a small village located on the high plateau above Tournon and Secheras, two towns located in the southern part of the Saint Joseph appellation.
The Saint Joseph vineyard is in the high hills above Secheras at an altitude of around 350 metres. It is planted on a steep hillside with soils of granite mixed with mica schist and its exposure is east/southeast. The vineyards, both in Saint Joseph and the Coteaux de l’Ardèche are certified as organic farms. The vineyard rows are worked throughout the year with either a tractor or horse-drawn plough which is used on the more difficult terrains. All harvesting is done by hand and the fermentations occur with natural yeasts and little or no temperature adjustments. Both white and red wines are matured in large casks, “demi-muids” for a year before bottling.