DOMAINE CHAUME-ARNAUD, Vinsobres Biodynamic
Domaine Chaume-Arnaud is biodynamically managed and comprises of 38 ha of vineyards planted on slopes and terraces around the picturesque villages of Vinsobres and Saint-Maurice, near Nyons.
The altitude, between 200 to 450m, and the cool wind from the nearby Alps (the Pontias) keep the temperature lower than the neighbouring villages and contribute to the natural freshness and complexity of the wines.
The soils are stony and poor on the slopes and richer on the terraces. Harvest in done by hand and yields are kept very low.
In the early eighties, Valérie took over the estate from her father, who was a figure in the area, having set up the first cooperative in Saint-Maurice. But Valérie was not interested in selling her grapes in bulk so, very soon after, she started to bottle her own wine. She was joined by her husband in 1987 and together, they have built one of the most reliable Domaine in the region, their passion, attention to details and natural methods of viticulture result in wines with great purity, tension and freshness.
With the arrival of their son Thibaud, the focus is to have the healthy, biodynamically grown fruits shine into the wines; winemaking is resolutely low intervention and no additives (albeit a tiny amount of SO2) are used.
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault and old vine Carignan blend, the nose of the Vinsobres is rich and profound, with dark fruit, cherry and hints of bacon and spices. The palate is ample, velvety and caressing, its full-bodied, seductive character shows great warmth and plenty of sweet, creamy fruits with hints of game, herbs and smoke. This big, earthy wine ends with finely grained tannins.