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Tasting the Wines of Elisabeth Saladin at MacArthur Beverages


Elisabeth Saladin and the Author

Yesterday I stopped by MacArthur Beverages to pick up a bottle of Champagne for Valentine’s Day along with some new arrivals and a few favorites which I seem to keep drinking instead of writing notes about.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Charles Gendrot of Williams Corner Wine had brought Elisabeth Saladin of Domaine Saladin to pour samples of her wine.  Located in the Ardeche this ancient domaine has been handed down from father to sons and daughters since 1422. In 2003 sisters Elisabeth and Marie-Laurence produced their first vintage and have run the domaine since.  I enjoyed tasting the wines very much, they all have a unique personality and attractive texture.  My impressions are quite short so when selections arrive I shall be sure to post proper tasting notes.  One impression I did have is that the 2007s showed good restraint and were not overt with ripeness.

2009 Domaine Saladin, Per El, Cotes du Rhone Villages
Imported by Williams Corner Wine.  This wine is a blend of Marsanne, Bourboulenc, Viognier, Clairette, and Grenache Blanc sourced from a field blend.  The fruit is fermented with indigenous yeasts in vat with the rest in stainless steel.  This was a good start, in a way it reminded me of the Paul with its fruity, gritty personality.  An up front wine that is satisfying and quenching as  a drink.  Not Rated.

2009 Domaine Saladin, Paul, Cotes du Rhone
Imported by Williams Corner Wine.  This wine is 90% Grenache and 10% Clairette from a field blend of 50+ year old vines with some reaching 95 years of age. The soils are argillaceous limestone.  The fruit is fermented with indigenous yeasts in small vats and aged for nine months in tank.  The nose was of lightly ripe fruit with more presence in the mouth, and both grittier texture and tannins.  This was quite pleasing and will drink well over the next several years.  Not Rated.

2007 Domaine Saladin, Fan de Lune, Cotes du Rhone Villages
Imported by Williams Corner Wine.  This wine is mostly Mourvedre with some Grenache and Syrah sourced from 40-year-old vines.  The vineyards are high in minerals with galets roules.  Vinification depends upon the varietal with aging for nine months in foudres.  There was a stronger nose than the Paul with earthier aromas, higher toned red fruit, some complexity from age, and fine tannins.  I found this to be the most interesting wine of the group.  Not Rated.

2007 Domaine Saladin, Chaveyron 1422, VdT
Imported by Williams Corner Wine.  This wine is a blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier sourced from the lieu-dit of Cheveyron.  The archives of Ardeche confirm that Raymond Saladin purchased this land in 1422.  The soils are red and ferrous with galet roules.  The varietals are vinified together using indigenous yeasts with nine months of aging in oak foudres.  Looking a bit more garnet with a reductive nose, there were fine, enlivening flavors with well-integrated tannins.  Clean with a consistent delivery.  The flavors in the mouth need a few years to open up.  Not Rated.

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  1. June 13, 2013 at 9:20 am

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