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Online Wine Shop  >  Wines by grower - alphabetical  >  Adeleandre, Domaine - Languedoc VdT (biodynamic)

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Domaine Adeleandre
Domaine Adèléandre
Domaine Adèléandre was created by Sébastien Abonneau in early 2007, when he purchased around 1 hectare of very old (in excess of 70 years) Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault vines, situated around the villages of Saint-Series and Saint Christol, midway between Nîmes and Montpellier. Although Sebastien owns and runs a wine shop in Arles, he had no previous winemaking experience, so when he made his first wines later that year, it was under the tutelage of his friends Lucien and Robert Creus of Terre Inconnue. 2007 was a relatively hot, dry year, and with the vines having been pruned hard by the previous owner, only 1,000 bottles were produced (a miserly yield of just 7.5 hectolitres per hectare). Yields in subsequent years have been *slightly* more generous at an average of 15 to 18 hl/ha - such old vines are naturally very low-yielding anyway - resulting in an annual production of around 2,000 bottles. The upside of course is that the resulting wines are concentrated, structured and hugely complex.

Adèléandre is an amalgam of the names of Sébastien's two daughters, Adèle and Léandre, after whom his two cuvées are named. Adèle is 100% Grenache, aged for between 12 and 16 months in old oak barrels (which come from Chateau Rayas), whilst Léandre is 80% Cinsault and 20% Carignan, aged in stainless steel. The wines are essentially natural, with little or no SO2 used in either the winemaking or bottling processes, and Sébastien follows biodynamic practices in the vineyard and the winery. All of which results in some of the most complex and thrilling wines to be found anywhere in Languedoc. How could it not be thus, when they come from the same stable as the fabulous Terre Inconnue?! Give them a try - you will not be disappointed.  

Domaine Adèléandre Léandre 2013 Vin de France
Domaine Adeleandre Leandre 2013

Region Saint-Sériès - midway between Nimes and Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 80% Cinsault, 20% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Game, red meats, risotto, soft cheeses
Next day
Even better
Drink Now (after a long decant) or over the next 10 or so years
A bright, semi-translucent cherry/blood red. The nose offers a fabulously complex array of fresh and crystallised red and black fruit aromas, with notes of blackcurrant leaf, leather, garrigue herbs and hints of autumn forest floor and vanilla ice cream. On day 1, the palate has a slightly prickly feel (courtesy, I presume, of a dash of CO2 at the bottling stage) which diminishes following a good shake and a little time in the glass. It is both refreshing and earthy, with bright cherry and raspberry fruit, married to leafy, earthy, gently herbaceous secondary flavours and cracking acidity. On day 1, the tannins are a little spiky. Not that this is a bar to its sheer drinkability, straight out of the blocks, but it is a wine that currently benefits from plenty of air. Fast-forward 24 hours and those tannins have melded together with the fruit and the acidity, making for a wine with such wonderful poise and balance. The transformation really is quite remarkable - much more than the sum of its parts (Cinsault, especially, is not regarded as a great variety for red wines), it attains a rather "Burgundian" elegance and charm - perhaps with slightly more body and overt fruit, but wonderfully balanced and supremely elegant, fresh and clean - and gloriously drinkable now, but with the capacity to age and evolve for a good few years. This is one of the most delicious red wine to pass my lips so far this year (tasting note written March 2016). Biodynamic.

Price:  £17.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)


Domaine Adèléandre Adèle 2011 Vin de France
Domaine Adeleandre Adele 2011

Region Saint-Sériès - midway between Nimes and Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged 16 months in old oak barrels
Grapes 100% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Game, red meats, cassoulet, cheese
Next day
Even better, especially on day 3(!)
Drink Now or over the next 10-plus years
From around 1/3 of a hectare of gnarly old Grenache vines, with yields typically between 15 and 18 hl/ha, only around 600 bottles of this wine are made in each vintage. A semi-translucent cherry red colour with a bricking rim. The nose is gently savoury - though more herby than meaty - with black cherry and bramble aromas and a complex array of background aromas, including leather, damp undergrowth, truffle and freshly-baked bread. The palate is beautifully soft, with very fine tannins, a mix of fresh and crystallised fruit flavours, a hint of spiced orange and just the right amount of refreshing acidity - sweet-sour, spicy, grippy, but soft all at the same time. Something I would liken to a Chateauneuf-du-Pape for Burgundy lovers, and a wine with a great future - though it is lovely to drink already. Biodynamic.

Price:  £22.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)


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We deliver only to UK and Northern Ireland addresses. The minimum order value is £75 (plus the delivery charge). You may of course choose a mix of any wines in our range. Orders between £75 and £200: delivery charge is £7.50. Orders over £200: delivery is free! (If your order is over £200, please remember to change the delivery charge in checkout to £0.00). Please note: Delivery to non-mainland addresses (Scottish Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, etc.) is usually possible, but may not be on a next-working-day basis. It is also more expensive than delivery to mainland addresses, so will be charged at cost (for orders under £200) but with a small discount for orders over £200 - please call us for a quote.

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