Domaine des Escaravailles was established in 1953. With over 60 ha of vines, most of them planted on hillsides in Rasteau, this is a serious estate that remains somewhat under the radar. It is run by Gilles Ferran, who graduated first in his class at the University of Montpelliers School of Oenology (the number two graduate that year was his best friend, Philippe Cambie, who unfortunately passed away last year). Daughter Madeline has now taken the reigns after her studies and various extensive experience. The wines have never been better.
The name of the domaine comes from the nickname given by the people of Rasteau to a priest in 17th century who wore a long black coat and owned the farm at the time. Escaravaille means beetle in Oc.
Pure and elegant. Nothing rustic here. Fresh and perfumed, with lifted acidity working seamlessly against the robust structure. (Starred First)
A heady fragrance of peony and violets, red cherry and pomegranate, overlaid with a smoky, earthy savouriness. The character reflects the perfume and delicacy of the vintage, whilst retaining its innate muscular tannin structure that ensures it will age very well. The palate shows great intensity, complexity and structure.
A smooth, fruity Pinot Noir from the Casablanca Valley. Red cherry flavours with a sweet, ripe fruit finish. A portion of the wine is matured in French oak barrels which adds a roundness and a hint of spice to the finished wine.