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Domaine Grand Nicolet

Domaine Grand Nicolet

Rhône Valley, France

Domaine Grand Nicolet




Rhône Valley

sub Region

Southern Rhône




Hot Mediterranean


Jean-Pierre Bertrand

FARMING Practices



One of the founding family cellars of Rasteau, Grand Nicolet got its start in 1875 when Joseph Nicolet owned just over two acres of vines in the village. 

The History

In the Southern Rhône Valley, just up the road from Gigondas, you’ll find the sun-drenched South-facing hills of Rasteau and the generations-old family farm of Domaine Grand Nicolet.

Here old-vine Grenache takes on a darker, sultrier demeanor, with notes of pepper and licorice. Yet like in other particularly sun-rich areas in the Rhône Valley (think Cornas), it is only the savviest growers who can capture Rasteau’s heady concentration and suave complexity at once. All this and more is why the TLV team considers Grand Nicolet to be one of the hidden gems of our portfolio! 

The Philosophy

Today, winemaker Jean-Pierre Bertrand tends over 70 acres of vines, many of which are Rasteau’s oldest, by hand. Winemaker Jean-Pierre Bertrand cares for his land sustainably, avoiding chemical treatments and following Organic principles as much as the growing season allows. The average age of vines at the estate is 45 years, with some very-old vine Grenache pushing 80 years old.

Grapes are harvested by hand, with sorting both in the fields and at the cellar door. Grapes are generally de-stemmed, and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, cement vats. Depending on the wine, aging takes place either in cement vat or older French oak barrels.

These are honest wines, aged mostly in cement tank, that showcase the rich fruit of the south with a spiced energy that make them WAY too easy to drink.


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