NV LQLC Les 7 Quelles, IGP Vaucluse, Les Quelles de la Coste
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Origin - France - Rhone
Producer - Les Quelles de la Coste
Case Size - 12 x 75CL
Style - Medium | Dry
Vegetarian / Vegan - None
Grape Variety - 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Cabernet
The small farm on which Les Quelles de la Coste is based has been owned by John Malkovich and his partner Nicole Peyran since the 1980s, but it was only in 2008, after the retirement of their tenant farmer, that the wine-loving actor decided to plant vines. A contrarian by nature and a lover of Russian River Pinot Noir, they eschewed the classic local varieties and planted Pinot and Cabernet. This choice was not as esoteric as it would first seem as the property sits on an ancient lakebed with many natural springs (quelles) and so is much cooler than the surrounding countryside. Ralf Hoegger, who had formerly managed Tenuta Il Palagio in Tuscany, is now on board to drive quality. A conversion to organics and a new winemaking team followed his joining. The wines are now bold in style, but not without elegance, and they reflect their owner, who also designed the labels, to perfection.
Hand harvested and destemmed, there was 1 day of pre fermentation maceration before alcoholic fermentation over 8 days at up to 30C with pumping over and punching down. There were then another 10 days on the skins before the wine was run off to old barrel for 8 months's maturation on the fine lees.
Lovely and vibrant with fresh red berry fruits and a backing of cassis and plum. Soft and supple
Versatile wine that will pair with many white and red meat dishes.