90 points Wine Spectator
"Very fleshy and silky in feel, with lovely crushed plum, anise and blackberry coulis notes gliding through the apple wood-framed finish..."
Vinous Reverie Notes
The words finesse and Rasteau are seldom used together. Rich, dense or rustic are more commonly associated with the wines from this village in the Rhône valley. Domaine la Collière stands out in Rasteau as a proponent of a more elegant style of wine. While others pursue concentration and density to tame this wild terroir, Georges and Delphine Perrot try to avoid over-extraction so as to promote aromatics, reduce harsh tannins and reframe the power of the terroir with freshness. Their wines are adamantly Rasteau but lifted and bright. Spread over 30 vineyard plots this 25 hectare estate has holdings in the three main terroir of Rasteau: red clay and gravel, pale limestone clay, and blue clay. Apart from a few demi-muids for aging Mourvedre, the wines of Domaine la Collière are aged entirely in only concrete tanks. There is a gentle maceration on the skins for each tank with délestage performed 2 to three times. The Rasteau la Fontaine is the most muscular cuvée made at Domaine la Collière. A blend of Grenache and Mourvedre, La Fontaine is sourced entirely from blue clay soils – the terroir that generally produces the most robust and structured wines in Rasteau. The Grenache is aged in cement tank while the Mourvedre is aged in demi-muid.