Rasteau: A Côtes du Rhône-Villages AOC Launches A New Image of “Body and Soul”

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“You know I’m yours for just the taking
I’d gladly surrender
Myself to you
Body and soul”

A jazz standard composed in New York in 1930 for the British singer Gertrude Lawrence, with lyrics by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, and Frank Eyton, and music by the gifted Johnny Green, “Body and Soul”  is one of the greatest torch songs ever recorded.

Last evening, the AOC Rasteau introduced it’s new marketing slogan “Body and Soul” at a special soirée and one wonders if strains of Billie Holiday or Frank Sinatra, or the dozens of other jazz vocalists who recorded the standard, flowed in the background.

Rasteau, an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée Côtes du Rhône-Villages in the southern Rhône wine region of France, has produced AOC fortified wines since 1944 and the red wine vintages were added to the AOC as of 2009.

Since 1996, Rasteau reds had been sold under the designation of Côtes du Rhône Villages. The dark ruby grenache-dominated reds are full-bodied with a brawny mouthfeel of cassis and blackberry, a fragrance of herbs and garrigue, and a spicy finish.

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Among the top producers in Rasteau, look for these estates to “surrender yourself to body and soul”: Domaine des Escaravailles, Domaine Bressy Masson, Domaine des Coteaux des Travers, Domaine La Soumade, Domaine du Trapidis, and Domaine Gourt de Mautens.

PVB recently tasted Rasteau’s from Trapidis and Escaravailles at the Grenache Bistro in Carpentras, a sympa spot for taking a tour of Southern Rhone wines without leaving your seat.

Basics:

Syndicat des Vignerons de Rasteau: Website, AOC Rasteau Facebook

Getting there: The village of Rasteau is on Highway D975, northeast from Orange, or a few miles west of Vaison la Romaine on D975.

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