Domaine des Saumades
CdP Rouge 2016
Let’s switch to the red now which is a single-varietal Grenache. Grapes are hand-harvested in small bins, then loaded into open-top concrete vats for temperature controlled fermentation and maceration. Grapes crush themselves through their own weight, and fermentation proceeds only with natural yeasts.
During the alcoholic fermentation, which takes approximately 14 to 18 days at 23° C, the cap of skins and seeds in punched down (pigeage) twice a day to ensure an even maceration and extraction of color and tannin.
Maceration is complete after 28 days, and the wine is drained to small oak barriques (20% new) for malolactic fermentation and aging for a further 12 months before bottling. Usually this wine presents a deep ruby, almost purple color.
How does it taste? Think of lovely oriental spices to complement dark red and black berry fruits. Full, rich and with resolved tannins, Domaine des Saumades Chateauneuf expresses its 100% Grenache cherry fruits with hints of mocha and chocolate. Moderate power and elegance combine in a long luscious finish.
Several wine experts tend to consider Saumades’ red e as a near-neighbour, both stylistically and geographically, to Château Rayas. According to James Suckling, 2015 vintage deserves a 91 points rating: “Dried rose and some wild herbs as well as bracken and red berry fruits. The palate has a soft, smooth and elegant feel. Extremely smoothly rendered. Drink now”.