Domaine du Bramadou
This is a very exciting find. Under the previous generation most of the fruit produced was sold off to the local négociants but now, under the care of young Damien Chave, small amounts of high class juice packed with personality are being kept for Damien’s own production. Roaix, we think pronounced like Aix en Provence, though one can never be sure in the south of France(!) lies to the north west of Orange next to Rasteau. It was granted Côtes-du-Rhône Villages status in 1967 and is the smallest of its classification. The wines are regarded as being full yet mineral with superbe freshness thanks to the excellent slopes on which many of the vineyards are planted. Le Serre Rouge is a blend of 90% Grenache, 7% Syrah and 3% Mourvèdre from vines averaging forty years of age planted on slopes at 300 metres altitude. It’s a fine example of the appellation showing lots of ripe fruit but also length and vitality. La Montagne de Mars is a great cuvée, made from 100% Syrah planted on the same slopes. It is aged in old oak barrels and displays amazing fragrance on both the nose and through the palate. It is focussed and refined and a wonderful Syrah. The white wine is made from 80% Marsanne and 20% Grenache Blanc whilst the Rosé is made from 95% Cinsault and 5% Grenache.
Winemaker: Damien Chave
Hectares: 60 hectares
This is made from 80% Marsanne and 20% Grenache Blanc and aged in stainless steel to maximise its freshness and vibrancy. Nicely balanced and good length. Drink from 2015.
This is a fabulous cuvée made from 100% Syrah planted on steepish slopes at 300 metres above sea level. It’s aged in old oak barrels and displays stunning purity of fruit. Drink from 2015.
Awaiting Tasting Note
This is a blend of 90% Grenache and 7% Syrah and 3% Mourvedre averaging forty years of age. There is excellent ripeness and seductive aromas yet also a real bite and length. Drink from 2016.