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Domaine Lelièvre was founded in the Côtes de Toul in 1971 after Jean Lelièvre decided to vinify and bottle the family’s grapes instead of selling them to neighboring winemakers. The family farms Auxerrois, Gamay, and Pinot Noir, producing three still wines and one sparkling wine. The estate is now operated by brothers Vincent and David Lelièvre, whose passion for the Côtes de Toul appellation and their family’s legacy is irrefutable.*
While the appellation only recently received official AOC status in 1998, the history of Côtes de Toul as a wine-producing area goes back centuries. Vines were originally planted on the hillsides of the Moselle by the Romans and flourished to over 50,000 hectares by 1860. Unfortunately, its fate became unclear starting in 1870, when phylloxera plagued the region.* A few 19th and 20th-century wars further devastated the wine landscape, leaving only about 30 hectares of vineyards. Lucky for us, a few families, including the Lelièvres believed in the region's potential, revitalized many of the vineyards, and put this off-the-beaten-path appellation back on the wine map where it rightfully belongs!
Vin gris is a wine made from red grapes but the pressed juice only sees very brief contact with the grape skins; the resulting wine has a pale pink hue. The "Pique Nique" is a vin gris blend of 95% gamay and 5% pinot noir. It has aromas of red apple and redcurrant that follow on the palate, which also displays notes of strawberries and lemon peel. The fruit characters are undercut by vibrant acidity that brings it all into balance and begs you to take another sip.
Producer Name: Domaine LeLièvre
Old/New World: Old World
Country of Origin: France
Appellation:Cotes de Toul
Grape Varietals: Gamay & Pinot Noir
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Rosé Wine
Winemaker: Vincent & David LeLièvre
Pack/Size: 12/750 ml
Container Type: Clear glass Grolsch-style bottle
Closure Style: Swing-top ceramic
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