Domaine de la Bastide

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Domaine de la Bastide; A Taste of History

Few vigneron can boast of a closer connection to the deep history of their culture than Vincent Boyer. In his home, which is one of the original structures of an 800 year old Templar farm, one can see the vestiges of an ancient Roman wine vat along the lower third of a wall. And Vincent has a collection of ancient coins and artifacts which he has found in the vines over the years that could easily be at home at the Met. But the Boyer home is no stuffy museum; his children’s toys and games are lined up in front of the ruins of the wine vat, and Vincent is happy to let you handle his coin collection (he even lost a few pieces letting his kids bring them into school for show and tell!). If you ask nicely, Vincent may sit down at the piano to play and sing an old French pop tune for you, maybe with his youngest perched on his lap. The Domaine de la Bastide seems to be Visan’s neighborhood party house.

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Technical Sheet

Country: Region: Appellation: Producer: Year Founded: Annual Production Total: Farming: Harvest Method: Total Estate Size: Website:
France Rhone Cotes du Rhone Vincent Boyer 1988 55,000 cases Lutte Raeisonné Manual and Mechanical 100 ha click

Technical Table

Wine Name Varieties Average Vine Age Soil Elevage
Côtes du Rhône rouge 50% grenache, 30% syrah, 20% carignan 27 years old stoney clay, limestone 3-4 months in tank
Côtes du Rhône ‘Figue’ Rouge 60% grenache, 20% syrah, 20% carignan 37 years large, round stones 6 months in tank
Côtes du Rhône ‘Figue’ Blanc 70% viognier, 20% roussanne, 10% bourboulenc 12 years stoney clay, limestone half of wine sees brief oak aging
Côtes du Rhône ‘Figue’ Rosé 70% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% cinsault 27 years stoney clay, limestone stainless steel tanks
Côtes du Rhône Villages Visan 50% grenache, 30% syrah, 20% carignan 42 years large round stones stainless steel tanks
Côtes du Rhône Villages Visan ‘Gloire de mon Père’ 100% syrah 47 years large, round stone 6 months in barrique