Domaine de l'Amauve Côtes Du Rhône Villages SÉGURET 'Reserve' 2017 750ml
AOC: Cotes du Rhone Villages, FRANCE
Grape: Grenache 80%, Syrah 20%
Alc: 15% vol
Christian Voeux, ex oenologist and winemaker at the famous Châteaux Redon and La Nerthe in CdP, now applies his knowledge to his 11ha family vineyard, from vine growing to wine making and the ageing process. Practising Organics. Producing very limited, high quality, hand made Cote du Rhône Villages wines.
Estate in organic conversion since 2017 and Vegan certified from 2018~.
Aromas: Morello Cherry, Spices
A dark coloured wine with purple glints. The nose is intense, and the 15% alcohol statement on label is nicely held in check with tones of spice and black fruits. It is round and has good full body, with accompanying tannins and impressive length. The finish is rich with notes of black cherry, sweet spice and sweet tannins.
This cuvee is only made in the very best vintages.
2017 - not yet reviewed.
2016 - 93/100 WA Reviewed by Joe Czerwinski
Issue Date: 1st Dec 2018 The Wine Advocate
"Half of the 80-20 Grenache-Syrah 2016 Cotes du Rhône Villages Séguret Reserve spent time in barrel, the rest stayed in tank. The tremendous fruit has largely soaked up the oak, revealing peppery cola aromas and lush black-cherry flavors. Full-bodied and creamy, this shows great depth and richness, along with superb length. Less structured than the 2015, it likely won't be quite as long lived, but it remains a benchmark Séguret. Drink Date
2018 - 2024"
One of the estates making serious noise in Séguret, Domaine de l'Amauve is the familial estate of Christian Voeux, who so capably ran Château la Nerthe for many years. Now "retired," he's been putting his full energy into the domaine. The wines are among the best to emerge from this appellation, which covers a range of vineyards extending from 100 meters above sea level up to close to 400 meters. That altitude can give some of the wines higher acidity and more freshness than other villages, and that's something that's emphasized here, although there's no lack of ripeness. Most cuvées see no or little oak, while les Merrelies is aged exclusively in barriques. Voeux considers 2016 "a really special vintage," comparing it to 2010 while conceding that 2010 was more angular. "The challenge [in 2017] was to work on very soft tannins," said Voeux. "[We used] lower temperature, similar length of maceration but less remontage and pigéage."
2015 - 93/100 WA Reviewed by Joe Czerwinski - Source
Interim End of November 2017, The Wine Advocate
"The classically constructed 2015 Cotes du Rhône Villages Séguret Reserve is drawn from a single parcel, planted to 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. No, it's not a fleshy, creamy wine but one with backbone, spice and savory complexity. Black cherry fruit? Yes. Ripe tannins? Yes. Length and acidity? Yes. Half was aged in barrel, the rest in tank, so there's balance to be found there as well. Give it another year or two and drink it through 2025."
One of the bright stars in the village of Séguret, Domaine de l'Amauve is the family estate of Christian Voeux, who was the general manager and winemaker at Château La Nerthe in Châteauneuf du Pape from 2008-2015. Now retired from that post, he's given his full energy to his own property in his home village. Unlike Domaine de Mourchon (also profiled this issue), Domaine de l'Amauve's 11.5 hectares of vineyards, divided among 24 separate parcels, are on the first terrace and slopes of the appellation, yet the wines still show classical structures.