Cork 'n Cap Wine Club Sixpack #54





This collection features the wine of Domaine de la Bastide from the Rhone region of France




This set of 1 white, 1 rose, and 4 reds comes in our reusable, partitioned, eco-friendly six bottle bag. When you bring the empty bag back in, you receive a club discount on the purchase of six bottles or more of any of our in-stock wines.   Our sixpack club has no rules and no obligations, just a good value collection of specially selected wine.   Here is what is included in our latest collection:



The Domaine de la Bastide is located in the Rhône Valley, fifty kilometers north of Avignon, in a little village called Visan. The vineyards are located in Visan and Suze-la-Rousse: most of them are on stony dry soils, typical of the South Rhône valley.  Built on a Roman Villae, The Domaine de la Bastide is an old fortified Templar’s’ farm with more than a thousand years old known records. Partly destroyed during the French revolution, it has now come back to its original aim: wine making. The cellar was built in the late 70′s.  Vincent and Nichole Boyer own and operate the winery.  Their home on the property is over 500 years old and has fig trees growing in the back yard.


Cotes du Rhone Blanc  This wine comes from vines averaging about 10 years in age and are planted in clay and limestone soils. The vineyard produces at about 45 hl/ha, which is about 450 gallons per acre.   It consists of 70% Viognier, 20% Roussanne, and 10% Bourboulenc and the blend takes place just before bottling.  The wine has a fresh stone fruit and white flower nose. Rich light golden color with well-balanced acidity. 20% of the wine is aged in oak barrels for 3 months to give it richness and structure.  This is a great alternative to Chardonnay, refreshing an versatile and is great by itself on a hot summer day or as a complement to chicken, fish and lighter red meats.


Cotes du Rhone Rose This refreshing dry rose is made from  three red wine grapes;  70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Cinsault that is pressed early into the fermentation for minimal skin contact giving it a light pale salmon color.  It is made with younger vines that produce 50 hl/ha, which is about 500 gallons per acre.  Rose is a crowd pleasing wine that goes with most any food and is a great refreshing chillable wine for people who normally like red.  Try it with an antipasti platter while floating on a pontoon boat.


Merlot, Vin de Pays de la Drôme The French are very particular about making sure the optimal grapes are grown in a given region.  The Cotes du Rhone grows a number of grapes, but there are specific set which includes Syrah, Grenache, Mouvredre, and Carignan to name a few.  Merlot is not on that list so it is not permissible to designate it as a Cotes du Rhone.  Vincent Grows this grape along river shore lines that have more moisture not suited to the typical Rhone varietals.  It sees no oak and is minimally filtered.  The result is a nice value Merlot that has a richness in color and a bright fruit note.  It complements a number of foods including just about anything from the grill.


Even though they are all from the same producer about 40km north Avignon, there are a number of things that differentiate these three Cotes du Rhone reds.  While the vintages and the wine maker are the same, these wines are produced on land with different soil types, the cepage (blend) of the grapes use the same core Syrah and Grenache grapes but are blended with other Rhone varietals in different combinations.  The age of the vines has an impact because the yield per hectare (which equals approximately 2.5 acres) goes down but the quality of the grapes goes up.  Additionally, there are different techniques in how the grapes are picked, selected, fermented, and aged. 


Cotes du Rhone  This wine is produced in a vineyard that is predominately stony clay and limestone with good drainage.  It is a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 20% Carignan.  The average age of the vines is 25 years and the yield is 49 hl/ha (typically the smaller this number, the better the wine. There is some hand harvesting, but most of the harvesting is mechanical.   This wine is receives twice daily pump-overs and is infused with oxygen during the 8-15 day fermentaion to protect the color and soften the tannins, making the wine smoother and more fruit forward. It is then tank aged for a couple of months. The resulting wine is 13% Abv.  The wine is a nice violet purple in color and has aromas of fresh strawberry and raspberry.  Dry but fruity and nicely balanced.



Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Figues (Fig Label) The vineyards used to make the Fig label wine are ancient rock and gravel formations, also with good drainage.  The cepage is 60% Syrah, 20% Grenache, and 20% Carignan, with and average age overall of approximately 35 years. The Grenache is hand harvested but the rest of the grapes are mechanically harvested at about 45 hl/ha.  The rest of the process is similar to that of the entry level Cotes du Rhone but with a longer primary fermentation of 18 days and an additional few months of tank aging after pressing.  The resulting wine is also 13% abv.  It is deep ruby in color, with an intense nose of ripe red fruit, cherry, black currant and plum, with a silky mouth feel.



Visan Cotes du Rhone Villages  The vineyards that produce this village designated wine average 40+ years and are also grown in gravely soil with good drainage.  It is 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 20% Mourvedre and most of the grapes for this cuvee are handpicked for best quality at about 40 hl/ha.  This wine has a rich ruby hue with complex notes of black fruit and plum, mixed with notes of mocha, and roasted vanilla bean. Weighty and round with fine tannins on the finish.



As an added bonus we have included a "Gizmo"; it is a combination keychain, wine opener, bottle opener, knife, and flashlight.