Chateau de Manissy
France, Rhône, Tavel
Florian André is a talented young winemaker, who has found a property with superb potential. For three years he was an apprentice to Christophe Delorme, owner of Domaine de la Mordoree (Chateauneuf, Lirac, and Tavel). Florian then approached the religious order that owned the Chateau de Manissy, which is above and contiguous to Chateau d’Aqueria in Tavel. Apparently many had tried and been turned down by the Brothers. In this case, however, they were impressed by Florian’s resume and plans. The vintage 2004 was his first vintage and he succeeded magnificently. I visited him in late March, and together we have put together the "Cuvée des Lys", which RVF found to be an exceptional wine. It is a blend of Grenache 60% Clairette 30% Syrah 10%, vibrant color, aromas and flavor. On the attack it explodes with a cascade of fruit, and then on the finish the Clairette brings a lovely balancing and extending minerality. Florian has converted the domaine to Organic viticulture and starting with the 2016 vintage, the estate will be certified Biodynamic. The soil of of this beautiful and rugged terroir is a combination of round river rock, loze, sand and (blue) clay spread on former seabed slopes.
|Wine||Varietals||Vine Age||Soil Type||Farming Type|
|Tavel Cuvee des Lys Rosé||60% Grenache, 30% Clairette, 10% Syrah||Average 45 years||Clay, round river rock and sand||Biodynamic|
|La Belle Étoile I.G.P du Gard Rosé||50% Cinsault, 25% Syrah, %25 Grenache||NA||Rich in limestone with clay subsoil||NA|
|La Belle Étoile I.G.P du Gard Rouge||60% Grenache, 40% Syrah||NA||Rich in limestone with clay subsoil||Organic|