The Alexis Establet bottling is composed solely of the oldest Grenache parcels of the Domaine, an homage to the estate’s founding ancestor. The fruit comes primarily from an ancient plot of vines called La Gardiole. Much of the Grenache planted is 80-100 years old, adding layers of concentration and complexity to their wines. The result is lusty, full-bodied and classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The Grenache is completely de-stemmed and goes through a long, cool maceration. Aging is 18 months in a combination of well-seasoned foudres, cement vat and a small percentage new barrique. Structured, brooding and massive, this is intense and concentrated with both black and red fruit, Vanilla and macerated berries. Structured and lusty, an incredible wine, especially if you have the patience to cellar the bottles for a few years.