2017 Domaine Elodie Balme Rastea

Rhone Valley, France

Delicious, natural Grenache, Syrah, Mourvdre, Carignan blend from one of the Rhone's best young talents.


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About The Wine

Elodie Balme is one of the hottest young producers in the Côtes-du-Rhône.

She started producing her own wines in 2006, taking the 6 hectares of old vines she inherited from her father and expanding that to 14 hectares, becoming one of the darlings of the Paris wine bar scene in the process. Her winemaking is heavily influence by Marcel Richaud, considered by many as the godfather of natural wine in the Rhone Valley.

This, her 'Rastea', is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Carignan, aged in predominantly concrete vats and bottled with no fining or filtration. It shows the natural floral aromatics and sweet spices that Grenache in the part of the world is renowned for.

Only a small amount of Elodie's wines make it to Australia. Jump quick if you want to try one of the Rhone's best young talents.

Winemaker Elodie Balme
Winemaker Elodie Balme
Rhone Valley, France
Additional Info

From The Producer

Grenache located on a clay-limestone plot on the hillside (above the village), facing due south. The Syrahs are located at the foot of the village, southeast exposure.

Grenache: 30-35 hls / ha, Syrahs: 38 hl / ha

Native yeasts, no acidification, vatting for 20 days with one winding per day and shedding in the middle of fermentation, temperatures between 22 and 26 ° c.

Ageing in concrete vats for 90% and 10% barrels and half-mules of 3 to 10 wines, no gluing, light filtration before bottling.

Blend : Grenache (50%), Syrah (25%), Mourvèdre (15%), Carignan (10%)
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker Elodie Balme
Winemaker Elodie Balme
Rhone Valley, France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

"The Grenache structure combined with Syrah brings a remarkable balance. This northern grape gives this touch of violet and spices. Mourvèdre spreads notes of candied fruit and undergrowth and carignan completes the structure for its deep color and aging. Like all well-structured wines, the Rasteau is a companion to sauced meats, game (wild boar) and Provencal beef stew." - Elodie Balme, winemaker


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