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Date June 10, 2016 
Title Frankly, my dear, we do give a damn ... about the fine wines from Domaine de Tara! 
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Roussillon Luberon Provence

Dear Arthur’s Cellar Wine Club Member:

We are quite convinced that Rhett Butler would have adored the wines from Domaine de Tara. We sure do. By the way, the estate got its name because a former owner was enchanted by the movie ‘Gone with the Wind’ and the red earth on the estate reminded him of Tara.  

We are once again delighted to bring you the well-made, well-priced wines from Domaine de Tara – designated as a Top Wine Producer of 2016 by Guide Dussert et Gerber 2016.

Domaine de Tara

Lying at the foot of the picturesque ochre hillside village of Roussillon-en-Provence in the heart of the Lubéron Regional Natural Reserve, Domaine de Tara faces the rolling hills of the Vaucluse, Mont Ventoux and the precariously perched village of Gordes.

Domaine de Tara’s vineyards cover about 30 acres entirely within the AOC Ventoux. The AOC Ventoux is located in the south-eastern section of the vast belt of Rhône Valley plantations that stretch from Vienne in the north to Avignon. The vineyards are some of the oldest in France. Recent archaeological finds trace winemaking back to around 30 BC. The climate is Mediterranean - dry in the summer and very sunny all year round. The Mistral, the prevailing (and often maddening) northerly wind, provides the vines with remarkable natural ventilation making it easier to farm organically or with minimal, gentle intervention. Eleven varieties of grapes are authorized for the blended wines of the AOC Ventoux.

Patrick, Michèle, Pascale & Mathieu
Patrick and Michèle Folléa are the owners of Domaine de Tara. Each has wine in their veins and longed to have their own little piece of paradise. Michèle’s grandfather was a bouilleur de cru (an individual given the special right by law to produce distilled spirits) and during his teens Patrick joined in the harvests at several top-ranked Pommerol estates. In 2006 they found what they were looking for – Domaine de Tara.

Patrick and Michèle have other careers and three children as well, so they needed someone to manage Domaine de Tara while they commuted from Milan (now Paris). As luck would have it, Mathieu Griveau, an oenologist spied the Folléa’s ‘help wanted’ ad and promptly applied. By coincidence Mathieu’s first job after graduation several years ago was at Tara. He fell in love with the property and its surroundings but moved on to Burgundy to broaden his wine making experience. But he wanted to settle back in Provence.

Mathieu made a great impression during his hour and a half long interview. At the end, Patrick asked his new regisseur if he knew anyone who could look after the commercial aspects of the business. By amazing coincidence he did! His wife Pascale, who also adored Domaine de Tara and the glorious Lubéron countryside, had been waiting all the time in their car out in the parking lot. She fit the bill perfectly and soon the Griveaus joined the Folléas and the rest, as they say is history. Patrick, Michèle, Mathieu and Pascale make a superb team. Together they are enhancing the fine wine making tradition at Domaine de Tara.

The Delightful Wines of Domaine de Tara

Mathieu takes fastidious care of the vineyards and along with local helpers (could another Patrick Folléa be in their ranks?) harvests the grapes by hand. He allows nature to run its course as the grapes mature, adding a helping hand only when absolutely necessary. Yields from the veteran vines average a low 30 hectolitres per hectare.

Domaine de Tara offer two ranges of wines. The red, white and rosé Cuvée Terre d’Ocres are fresh, elegant, richly textured wines where the grapes are quickly pressed and the juice is fermented in temperature-controlled vats. They are perfect for immediate enjoyment. The red and white Cuvée Hautes Pierres are powerful, aromatic wines that receive up to a year in oak casks (one-quarter new) and can be cellared for several years. They have recently added two festive sparkling wines, the Éclat(s) Blanc and Rosé to their lineup

The barrel chais at Domaine de Tara

We are featuring an extensive range of wines from Domaine de Tara – the 2015 Terre d’Ocres Rosé, 2014 Terre d’Ocres White and 2015 Terre d’Ocres Red along with the 2014 Hautes Pierres White the 2013 Hautes Pierres Rouge and the non-vintage Éclat(s) de Tara Blanc and Rosé sparklers. In addition, there are Terre d’Ocres, Hautes Pierres and Éclat(s) de Tara Samplers. All come in six bottle cases. If you love elegant, delicious, extremely well-made wines don’t miss these ones. We will be taking your wines to the LCBO on Friday, June 24th.

2015 Terre d’Ocres Rosé – 13.0% Alc./Vol. $20/$120 case of 6
$19/$228 for 12
This delightful quaff (Vin de Pays de Vaucluse) is made from equal parts Carignan and Grenache, all hand-picked in the second half of September. The wine is a delicate pink with very expressive aromas of raspberries, strawberries, soft spices and minerals. In the mouth it is fresh, tangy and absolutely smashing with rich, smooth textures and well-defined fruit sensations including a citrus finish. It will go brilliantly with Asian cuisine, salmon dishes and baked ham or serve very nicely as an apéritif. Last year’s O!France guests drank it by the bucketful as they relaxed by the pool after a long day touring Provence!. Serve around 10° Celsius. Best savoured within eighteen months of harvest. And, hey, it’ll arrive just in time for Indian summer! Order your bottles of pure pink happiness now - case of 6 or case of 12.

2014 Terre d’Ocres Blanc – 13.0% Alc./Vol.    $20/$120 case of 6
$19/$228 for 12
Made from a blend of 70% Grenache Blanc and 30% Clairette, this luminous, straw coloured wine with glints of light green has a refined bouquet of grapefruit, other citrus fruits, white flowers and a touch of mineral. It is clean and refreshing in the mouth with a fine balance of fruit and acidity with lingering hints of honey and citrus fruit. It will be a wonderful match for fish and other seafood, Asian dishes, poultry or just plain sipping. This is a smashing wine for the price – it will cellar nicely for up to four or five years. Gold Medals at the Concours Général 2015 and from Guide Gilbert et Gaillard 2016. Order your delightful Provençal sipper now - case of 6 or case of 12.

2015 Terre d’Ocres Rouge – 13.5% Alc./Vol. $20/$120 case of 6
$19/$228 for 12
This gorgeous, fresh red wine is made from 60% Grenache and 40% Carignan with an average yield of only 40 hl/ha. It is bright garnet with ruby highlights. On the nose it exhibits lovely scents of ripe berries, blackcurrants, morello cherries and hints of toasted brioche and pepper. In the mouth it is fresh and richly fruity, balanced elegantly by soft tannins with a finish of exotic spices. Served around 15° Celsius, it will go brilliantly with roasts, charcuterie and medium, soft cheeses. It will keep quite happily for four or five years. It too earned a Gold Medal from Guide Gilbert et Gaillard 2016.  Order your beautiful, fresh Ventoux red now - case of 6 or case of 12.

The Terre d’Ocres Sampler – 13.5% Alc./Vol. $20/$120 case of six you don’t know which of the above marvellous Terre d’Ocre wines from Domaine de Tara to choose, this might do just the trick – two bottles each of the 2015 Rosé, 2014 Blanc and 2015 Rouge. Order your six-pack of value-priced Provençal pleasure now.

2014 Hautes Pierres Blanc – 14.5% Alc./Vol. $26/$156 case of 6
$25/$300 for 12
This very big, serious white wine is made from 56% Grenache Blanc and 44% Roussanne. With a miserly yield of only 30 hl/ha, it is aged in French oak barrels (20% new) for twelve months. I advise that you decant it at least an hour before serving! It is a light golden-yellow with amber highlights. It offers up an intense and elegant nose of grapefruit, apricots, pineapple, ripe peaches and a hint of honey and toast. In the mouth it is full, balanced and extremely pleasing with a lingering, velvety finish that contains traces of citrus and honey. Serve at about 11°C. It will go marvellously with sole meunière, fresh trout amandine, richly flavoured poultry or veal dishes, foie gras and chèvre cheese. There will be no problem keeping this for five or six years … providing you have stupendous will power. Gold Medal - Concours des Vins de la Foire, 2015. As the ‘Guide Dussert-Gerber des Vins de France’ has said about other vintages of this wine, “Why resist?” Order your voluptuous, classy white now - case of 6 or case of 12.

2013 Hautes Pierres Rouge  – 14.5% Alc./Vol. $26/$156 case of 6
$25/$300 for 12
This AOP Ventoux is a great wine from a great year. Made from 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache with a yield of but 30 hl/ha. Hand-picked during the first three weeks of September, it matured happily in French oak (one quarter new) for a year. It is a deep purple with ruby highlights on the rim. It has an intense, rich bouquet of black currants, black cherries, plums, garrigue, spices and caramel. In the mouth it is full, elegant and very well-balanced with silky tannins and a delicious, lingering aftertaste of blackberries and spice. It will go perfectly with game, roasts and richly flavoured dishes. It will keep nicely for at least ten years and probably longer. This tour de force would be much more expensive from a better recognized appellation. Order your very stylish, most delicious red now - case of 6 or case of 12.

The Hautes Pierres Sampler $26/$156 case of six are truly terrific wines at remarkable prices. You get three each of the Hautes Pierres Blanc and Rouge in one handy carton. Go ahead and treat yourself; you’re going to be very happy you did. Order your luxe sampler from Domaine de Tara now.

Éclat(s) de Tara Blanc – 12.0% Alc./Vol. $26/$156 case of six elegant sparkler is fashioned from equal parts Clairette and Grenache by the ‘méthode traditionnelle’. It is a luminous pale straw yellow colour with golden highlights. The nose offers up aromas of white flowers, grapefruit and other citrus fruit and a touch of wet stone. The bubbles are refined and light and in the mouth it is most refreshing with a fine balance between fruit and acidity and leaves lingering hints of citrus fruit. Served chilled, this marvelous fizz is a great wine to ignite any party and is a terrific partner for almost all deserts. Order your party in a bottle now!

Éclat(s) de Tara Rosé – 12.0% Alc./Vol.  $26/$156 case of six just adore this festive pink sparkler. Crafted from 65% Grenache and 35% Carignan, it is made using the ‘méthode traditionnelle’. It is a delicate rose petal pink colour and sports very expressive aromas of summer berries and strawberries with a delicate mineral note. The lovely, refined, tiny bubbles presage a most refreshing and fine balance of fruit and acidity in the mouth – very clean and refreshing indeed. I can’t think of a better way to start off a summer party or to accompany your favourite desserts. Serve around 10° Celsius. Order your very well-priced festive pink sparkler now.

The Éclat(s) de Tara Sampler – 12.0% Alc./Vol. $26/$156 case of six get three bottles each of the non-vintage Éclat(s) de Tara Blanc and Rosé. Talk about a party pack! Talk about a great price. Order your six-pack of fun and frivolity now!!

The LCBO is the only entity authorized to sell beverage alcohol in Ontario. Arthur Sellers & Company and Arthur’s Cellar Wine Club do not sell or markup beverage alcohol, but rather, arrange for customers to purchase it from the LCBO. Our prices indicated above and on our website include the LCBO sale price plus a fee to cover the cost of sourcing, handling and marketing the wine. The LCBO’s sale prices are available on request.

Please pass this note on to anyone you think might be interested in some very special, well-priced and well made wines from the AOC Ventoux.

Many thanks and cheers,

Jim, Hélène and Kate