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Domaine la Roubine


Eric Ughetto

REGION: Southern Rhone
APPELLATION: CDR Villages Sablet

Eric Ughetto took over the family vineyards located in Gigondas in 1990. He was joined by Sophie in the late '90s, at which time, they decided that they should make wine from the grapes that they grew. They created the "La Roubine" area in 2000 was their first vintage. The land of this family-run business is The land is partially located on the left bank of the river Ouveze and the AOC Gigondas vineyards on the hillside at the foot of the” Dentelles de Montmirail” mountain range. 

The vines require more care and attention as they grow 300 meters above sea level, but they also produce a finer and more concentrated wine. An old saying goes "One does not extract in the cellar, we extract from the vine". They believe in respecting the soil and the vines that grow in it and do not use any chemicals. 

Only traditional copper and sulfur are used. The careful selection at the time of harvest ensures that only the ripest grapes are picked and due to the small size of the estate, the time of harvest is chosen according to where the vineyards are located to ensure that all of the fruit reaches perfect maturity before they are all hand-picked. Once fermentation is complete, the wines are partially matured in concrete tanks to preserve fruit and freshness and partly in half hogsheads of French oak to round out the tannins.

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Wine Region: 

Southern Rhone

Compared to Northern Rhone, Southern Rhone is significantly larger. Ninety-five percent of all wines in Rhone come from Southern Rhone, with an average vintage totalling up to 380 million bottles per year. 

The hot and dry climate of Southern Rhone – in comparison to the northern portion – hosts fifteen grape varieties under Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Droughts, limited irrigation, and the various terroirs and microclimes in the region produce a diverse range of wines. Due to wine fraud in the 20th century, viniculturists were forced to create and impose the AOC system. Thus, said AOC originated in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  

In general, Southern Rhone wines are more alcoholic, yet lighter and fruitier than wines from Northern Rhone. Orchard fruit flavors with Provencal herb notes and spicy accents are prevalent in the rose, sparkling, and red and white wines made in the area.  

Featured Grape Varieties: 
Grenache Blanc 

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