Domaine la Soumade • Rasteau Fleur de Confiance 2016
42.00 €(1 l = 56.00 €)
The best Rasteau ever
Rasteau Fleur de Confiance 2016
Domaine la Soumade
Wine Advocate #239 (Parker/Czerwinski)
The most impressive Rasteau to have ever passed these lips, the 2016 Rasteau Cuvee Fleur de Confiance is a full-bodied, richly muscular wine that takes all the warmth and power of the appellation and somehow turns it elegant. Black cherries, licorice and cocoa all come together seamlessly into a cascade of spice, cola and fruit, then ends with great length, soft tannins and finely ground stone. The secret to this 4,000-bottle cuvée is old-vine Grenache grown on blue clay. At the time of my visit, it was unclear if there will be a Fleur de Confiance bottled in 2017.
Founder André Romero is in semi-retirement, having passed the reins to his son Frédéric, but he still managed to come by the winery during my visit to check up on things. The trend here is toward using more foudres for the élevage, with Stockinger the preferred supplier. According to Frédéric, the 40-hectoliter size works best, the 12-hectoliter size is "OK," and demi-muids are "too small." As the work revolves largely around super ripe Grenache, one of the requirements is to maintain freshness, so this philosophy makes sense. In addition to the 2016s and 2017s, we tasted several back vintages. While the 2008 (reviewed this issue) is nearing the end of its life, wines from stronger vintages, like the 2007 Fleur de Confiance (rated 96 points in Issue 229) and the 2010 Cuvée Confiance (95, this issue), are in no danger of tipping over.
Additional product information
- Contains Sulfites
- 15% vol.
- Bottle Size
- 0,75 Liter