Domaine de Saint-Antoine is owned and run by Jean-Louis Emmanuel and his wife Marlène. Located in the hills southeast of the ancient Roman city of Nîmes, it is in the heart of Costières de Nîmes appellation, on the western edge of the Rhône River. The estate has 20 hectare of vines, 6 ha of which are in production, planted on the plateau of rocky limestone soil that was deposited when this area was underneath the Rhône River. The terroir is comparable to that found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with a similar growing season and micro-climate.
Jean-Louis Emmanuel produces some of the regions juiciest, most satisfying, inexpensive wines. Only the estate’s oldest vineyard parcels at Saint Antoine are used for the Kacher cuvées. He keeps the yields for these parcels well below what is allowed in the appellation giving his fruit great ripeness.
Jean-Louis prefers to de-stem all of his grapes, and he vinifies and ages the Merlot in stainless steel tanks. This helps maintain the primary fruit aromas and flavors found in the wine. After fermentation, he keeps about 20% of the wine in 300 liter new and once-used barrels which, once blended together, provides a soft patina around the bright red-berry fruit. A terrific value, the Saint-Antoine Merlot offers ripe cassis and cherry flavors with soft juicy tannins.
The Wines of Domaine de Saint- Antoine
Domaine de Saint-Antoine Merlot
TASTING NOTES: A terrific value, the Saint-Antoine Merlot offers ripe cassis and cherry flavors with soft juicy tannins.
FOOD PAIRING: Grilled chicken with mild barbecue sauce, parmesan cheese oven baked potatoes and steamed asparagus.
Domaine de Saint-Antoine Syrah Rose
TASTING NOTES: Full bodied and intensely colored. Red fruits on the nose hint at the juicy and super round fruit . Notes of mineral and chalk keep the wine crisp and refreshing.
FOOD PAIRING: Shellfish
Domaine de Saint-Antoine Vin de Pays du Gard Syrah
TASTING NOTES: Ripe, bursting with black and red fruits and well-structured tannins intermingled with classic Rhône spices.
FOOD PAIRING: Pair with grilled meats (perfect for a BBQ) or pappardelle with meat sauce.