L’Exclu is grown from Domaine du Pourra’s fabulous limestone rock Côtes du Rhône Villages Séguret terroir in the hills, but the wine is classified as Vin de France because the appellation requires a higher percentage of Syrah in the blend than is the case for this wine.
The 2015 vintage produced powerful wines with big tannins and significant ageing potential. Jean-Christian Mayordome therefore decided to aged this wine for 36 months in part-used barrels to open up the wine and smooth the tannins. The nose is a vibrant array of black fruit and spices. The palate is warm and generous with smooth tannins, lovely chunky fruits, spice and notes of undergrowth. A delicious mineral and fruit finish.
Grape varieties:95% Grenache, 5% Syrah and Cinsault
Southern Rhône wines are almost always blended around Grenache to bring balance, complexity and richness of aroma to the wines. Thirteen varietals are permitted. The main varieties are:
Grenache – Medium ruby colour and high alcohol. Delightfully fruity (red fruits) in youth, spice: prune notes with age. Medium dry tannins that soften with age.
Syrah – Deep colour with purple shades. Very tight but velvety tannins giving good ageing potential. Violet and/ or black fruit aromas. With age the aromas evolves towards wild aromas of leather, truffle, and towards liquorice
Mourvèdre – Dark brick red, high tannin brings additional ageing quality to the blend. Sometimes animal notes in its youth become fruity (dark berries, leather, undergrowth, pine, liquorice) and spicy with age.
Cinsault – High proportion in Rosé. Elegant, fruity aromas, light colour and tannin (in reds).
Grenache Blanc – Low acidity giving smoothness and length on the palate with floral aromas and notes of apple and pear.
Clairette – Brings acidity and freshness to the blend. Floral, complex aromas of rose and acacia with notes of white peach and exotic fruit.
Roussanne – Brings finesse and delicacy and a great deal of elegance. Good acidity in the northern Rhône enabling the wine to age well. Complex aromas of honeysuckle with touches of apricot, hawthorn or narcissus.
Bourboulenc – Brings good acidity to the blend. Floral aromas.
Marsanne – Medium acidity, with high aromatic potential in young wines. Complex and subtle floral aromas of acacia, dried fruit and nuts (almond, hazelnut, walnut).
Viognier – Medium colour with low acidity and very fruity (pear) in the Southern Rhône. In the Northern Rhône, it brings suppleness and smoothness. Great aromatic potential – acacia, honeysuckle, violet, almond blossom, linden, and with age, musk, honey and dried apricot.
Terroir: Certified Organic grower. From two adjacent plots located between 340 and 440 metres in the Dentelles de Montmirail above the village. This cooler micro-climate brings extra freshness to this wine. Grapes from a red clay and limestones plot are blended with grapes from a plot of hot, dry poor soil of broken limestone bringing a lovely tannic structure and minerality to the wine.
The vast majority of wines in the Southern Rhône are aged in neutral tanks such as concrete and stainless steel in order to preserve the delightful fruity characteristics of Grenache. Where oak is used, it is often only used for a proportion of the blend. The majority of wines in the Northern Rhône however, are aged in oak.
The amount of oak flavour in the wine depends on:
The following classifications are used for wines listed on this website:
No Oak – The wine is aged in neutral vats or large, old oak barrels that impart no oak flavours. These wines will be fruit-forward and bright in their early years.
Light Oak – Oak flavours are present but do not dominate the wine when young. The wine may only be partly aged in smaller oak barrels and/or the barrels may have been used for one to three prior wines.
Prominent Oak – Oak flavour is a noticeable feature of the wine, particularly when young. Oak also imparts oak tannins into the wine which can increase the ageing potential of the wine, thus allowing the wine to develop complex aromas over many years.
Drinking time: 2 to 12 years
The majority of everyday wines are produced to be drunk within a year, or two of their vintage date.
Fine wines that demonstrate a balanced acidity and good tannin structure have the ability to be aged over many years. Oak flavours and red wine tannins soften with age, which allow more complex aromas to develop.
Deciding when to drink a fine wine is very much a matter of personal taste. You should drink the wine earlier in its life if you prefer its fruity (“primary”) aromas, accepting that tannins and any oak flavours will be more prominent when the wine is young.
Reviews: JD 92 Pts, JS 92 pts. See below
The ratings of leading reviewers are listed here with their written comments detailed at the bottom of the page.
Remember that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Each wine reviewer has personal tastes and, as hard as they try, preferences can be reflected in the numerical score a reviewer gives to a wine. This is why is important to read their comments rather than judge a wine by its numerical score.
JR = Jancis Robinson. Score out of 20 points.
RP = Robert Parker, Wine Advocate. Score out of 100 points.
JD = Jeb Dunnuck. Score out of 100 points.
WS = Wine Spectator. Score out of 100 points.
W&S = Wine and Sprits. Score out of 100 points.
WE = Wine Enthusiast. Score out of 100 points.
VM = Vinous Media. Score out of 100 points.
JS= James Suckling. Score out of 100 points.
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Jean-Christian Mayordome purchased the domaine in 1998. The domaine vineyards – located between 300 and 480 m of altitude – include 11 ha (27 acres) in the cru of Gigondas, and 15ha in Côtes du Rhône Villages Séguret. Very rocky soils and an old average of vines combines to produce very low yields. The Gigondas vineyards are high in limestone content, with clay and sand. The Séguret vineyards are heavy in limestone which is not typical of the appellation, producing much more robust and age-worthy wines than would normally be expected.
As well as running a winery, Jean-Christian works a doctor, specialising homeopathy. This natural approach is reflected in the wines with organic practices in the vineyard and minimal intervention in the cellar. With a view to producing even more natural wines, the domaine adopted biodynamic practices in the vineyard and was certified Biodynamic in 2019.