If you're into winemakers from the "old school"—the ones who put a premium on traditional methods and pure expression of terroir—you should spend some time with the wines of Domaine Saladin.
After all, you don't find too many estates that have been around for almost 600 years... and whose natural, biodynamic wines bring out the full potential of their centuries-old terroir.
Join us this Saturday from noon to 4pm, when we'll pour our way through 5 Saladin cuvées that exemplify the estate's traditional approach to winemaking!
These wines don't fit into the typical present-day Southern Rhône profile—they are almost Burgundy-like in their structure and fruit profile. But their varietal typicities are obvious and their Southern Rhône terroir is unmistakable.
Today, Domaine Saladin is run by two generations. Louis and Annick Saladin, who married in 1978, have overseen the expansion of the estate. Their daughters Elisabeth and Marie-Laurence are now responsible for much of the day-to-day operations of the vineyards and winery.
The Saladins strongly respect traditional winemaking practices; all of the Domaine's 18 hectares and 13 varietals are harvested by hand and cultivated and vinified biodynamically.
Domaine Saladin's selection of varieties reads like a quinessential Rhône roster and then some, featuring Grenache (Noir and Blanc), Cinsault, Carignan, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Viognier, Clairette Rose, Clairette Blanche, Bourboulenc, Marsanne and Roussanne.
With every grape meticulously hand-harvested, and each parcel receiving its own unique treatment, the result is a line-up of wines specifically made to draw out the natural expression of its terroir.