Opaque, purple-colored swath of liquid leads to deliciously penetrating aromas of plums and a bit of resinous, sappy pitch.. Medium-plus on the palate, notes of blackberries, roasted plums, baked Mission figs, Provencal herbs, spice box
Domaine de l’Amandine, situated in the southern Rhône valley, nestles at the foothills of the fortified hillside village of Séguret, classed as one of France’s most picturesque villages.The estate, or Domaine, was established in 1968 by Jean-Pierre Verdeau and his wife Maryse. Jean-Pierre comes from a long line of winemakers and farmers and his ancestors were the founders of several wine cooperatives in the Rhône valley. Through unflagging determination and hard work, he has built the domaine into one of the most well-known wineries in the area. Currently farming 120 acres of appellations Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages from hillside vineyards with vines averaging 50 years old, the estate produces authentic, full-bodied Côtes du Rhône reds with plenty of fruit and spice notes. Vinification methods are a winning combination of the oldest winemaking traditions mated with modern technology. The quality of the wines is rewarded year in and year out by national and international awards.
The entire range of wines (reds, whites and rosés) are produced, bottled and packaged on the property and are exported to Europe as well as the rest of the world.
Today, Jean-Pierre and Maryse are accompanied by their daughter Sabine. Sabine, a talented cook in her own right, features the domaine’s wines in the Provencal cooking lessons she gives in their ancient farmhouse on the property. Jean-Pierre is currently handing over the reins to Sabine’s husband Alex Suter and between them they are carrying this dynamic winery into the 21st century. In Decanter’s 2017 World Wine Awards the estate’s 2015 Séguret earned a Bronze Award and the 2014 La Montagne earned a Silver Award.
The Southern Rhône Valley wine region extends from Orange in the north through the communes Lirac and Tavel in the southwest. The French call the region Côtes du Rhône Méridionales and it includes some of the best known appellations in France, such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas. The climate and landscape of the Southern Rhone differ significantly from the Northern Rhone. There are hot, often windy Mediterranean appellations near Nimes and the south, and higher altitude, relatively cool appellations such as Côtes du Ventoux to the east. Understanding the region can be confusing given that there are thirteen appellations and sixteen red and white grapes allowed for wines with appellation status. Syrah is grown here, but it is much less important than in the north. Grenache is the prominent red grape, though most red wines are blends of at least four varietals. Other commonly used red grapes are Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Muscardin. Counoise, Terret Noir, Vaccarèse and Syrah are also permitted. The primary white grapes are Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc, though Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne are permitted, as are Picpoul and Picardin. Of note is the Côtes du Rhone Villages AOC, which is only in the Southern Rhone. Though Côtes du Rhône AOC wine is made in both the north and south, the Villages appellation has stricter requirements for winemaking and is generally considered higher quality than simple Côtes du Rhône. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “There is a vast amount of enjoyment to be discovered in the southern Rhône…for these are some of the most sumptuous and pleasure-giving wines produced in the world.”