A new wine is always reason to celebrate, but here's one with a family connection. Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes, Domaine de la Mirandole 2009 is made by Michel Jullien, father of our very own Mathieu.
Domaine de la Mirandole is located in Pont Saint Esprit, a village 30 minutes north of Avignon on the Rhône river. The property has been in the Jullien family for 5 generations but changed quite dramatically towards the end of the 70’s. Until then the estate was divided into two farms: one for the production of fruits on rich soils (by the river) and another for the winery and production of fruits on poorer soils (on the côteaux). Michel Jullien (Mathieu’s Dad), the current owner and winemaker, qualified as an oenologist in the mid 70’s but instead of joining his father on the estate went to work, he wanted to focus on his passion of winemaking rather than growing and worked as a consultant for other Domaines in the Southern Rhône. After a few years, Michel came back to take over the Domaine from his dad on the condition that he would split the estate, sell all of the orchards and invest the money in the vineyards and winery. As a result the vineyards were extended and replanted (some very old Grenache was spared) and the winery modernised. About 20 years later, in 2001, a brand new winery was built and this is where the wine is made today.
The resulting wine is everything a good Cotes du Rhone should be - juicy, good fruit, balance, a bit of grip, and (best of all) sealed in screwcap, so it comes bounding out of the glass!
Read more about the wine here.