Lunch at The Marc today with Eberhard Tamm and Valerie Albrecht from Enotri. They’d invited me to meet Christian Voeux with his wife and business partner Monique. Between the two of them they grow and market the unfiltered, organically grown wines of Domaine de l’Amauve. From all the way back to Roman times, their land nestles in the rolling hills near Gigondas not far from Chateauneuf du Pape and covers a variety of different terroir.
The vineyards they work have been in Christian’s family since 1790 and the wines are made the same way they were a hundred years ago. This is a real passion project. It’s also the Voeux’s retirement.
I was excited to taste through the line because I used to pour the exceptional Vin de Pays de Vaucluse at good old Bibo as I thought it represented an astonishing good value in addition to being organic and vegan. But anyway, there is oh so much more.
Domaine de l’Amauve Seguret Cotes du Rhone Villages La Daurele 2015 – White Grenache, Clairette,Viognier and Ugni Blanc. It was a glistening light straw colour. The nose was sea salt and apricot. It had a gorgeous fresh tart fruit attack that opened to a rich mouth feel and crisp finish. This wine is drinking beautifully right now but can age another ten or fifteen years as well. +770973 $
Domaine de l’Amauve Vins de Pays de Vaucluse 2015 – Black Grenache and Syrah. Pretty, perfect mid ruby hue. Salt caramel nose of bright red plum with a meaty undertone. It has a bright fresh attack of plush red plum and wild cherry fruit. The silken mouth feel opens up to a velvet clean finish. +765285 $ ❤
Domaine de l’Amauve Seguret Cuvee Laurences 2013 – Black Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan. A pretty nose of violet, black plum and licorice is followed by a silken attack of chewy black plum. Explosive black fruit finish. +765284 $ ❤
Domaine de l’Amauve Seguret Cuvee Estelles. 2014 Inaugural vintage! – Black Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan and Mourvedre. 1/3 aged in barrels (50% in new oak, 50% in 2 – 3-year-old barrels) 2/3 aged in tank on fine lees, all for 12 months before bottling. It shows an amazing bright colour of royal ruby purple with a pretty nose of mixed berry fruit, matcha and pomegranate. The super sexy attack is rich with black and red berry fruit. It’s got tangy, well-balanced acidity and a perfect very subtle backbone of oak. Fabulous mouth feel with an amazingly long elegant finish. $$ ❤ ❤
Domaine de l’Amauve Seguret Cotes du Rhone Villages Les Merreiles 2014 – Black Grenache and Syrah. Tiny Cuvee…only 8 barrels. Aged 12 months in 4 – 5-year-old barrels. The clear ruby purple hue introduces a light blueberry nose with a tart hint of red raspberry and pixie sticks. Elegant silk attack of gorgeous rich blackberry and black plum fruit. Beautifully well-balanced with a deeply expressive, elegant finish. +767175 $$ ❤ ❤
Domaine de l’Amauve Seguret Cotes du Rhone Villages Les Merreiles 2015 – Same wine as above only the newest vintage! Very clear mid ruby purple. Bright tart nose of red berry fruit, sandalwood and something very familiar. Big silk velvet attack of super bright red and black plum fruit with big but balanced acidity and a long, deep, dense finish. This was a tank sample but Christian says it is just how the bottled wine will be. +767175 $$ ❤ ❤
Alberta currently drinks fifty percent of the entire production of Les Merreiles. Next year we will be able to drink 100% of the Voeux’s production.
There’s a subtle, exotic note to these wines across the whole line. They are beautiful and rich but fruity and bright as well with intricate details that come out as they open and breathe.
Look for these wines. You know you’ll be able to find some of them at Sherbrooke Liquor!
Have to give a massive shout out to the team at The Marc. Great service and great food in a lively fun atmosphere.