Cedres, Cote du Rhone

Cedres, Côtes du Rhône

Layne Vineyard is one of the original vineyards in the Applegate Valley – the vines were planted in 1975 and grafted over to Tannat in 2005. Like Tannat growing counter-part regions in France, the vineyard and the region sits around 1,500 feet in elevation. Getting the fruit fully ripe requires patience and careful crop management, and in 2014 both of these came together splendidly. The fruit was picked near the end of October and fermented spontaneously in a 1.75 ton capacity fermenter. 25% of the clusters were left whole, and all cap management was done through pigeage. The wine went through elevage in two neutral and one new French oak barrels, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered on January 13th, 2016.

Product Description


:Domaine des Cedres, Côtes du Rhône

Magnums, half bottles and Rose from Cedres in Illinois


who grows the grapes at Domaine des Cedres? who makes the wines?

Dominique and Genevieve Pons oversee, and do, everything at the winery from farming their grapes to filling  bottles and everything in between.  More than forty years ago they decided that all farming at their estate would be organic and with that they moved into a tiny minority of farmers in the area working without chemicals or pesticides.  Today, they are recognized as pioneers in organic farming.In the winery, Dominique leads much of the production, but Genevieve will touch almost every bottle that they produce, whether it be on the bottling line, as it is labelled, or preparing orders to ship.  Their son Nicolas and his wife Mathilde are close by and contribute to the management of the estate as well.  The picture here of the blushing bride and that lovely tractor provides a fun look at their marriage and life on this small farm.

Dominique and Genevieve Pons, Domaine des Cedres

what wines do they make at Domaine des Cedres?

The Domaine des Cedres Côtes du Rhône is the vast bulk of the production.  Dominated by Grenache with Syrah and a bit of Carignan, the wine is like a favorite t-shirt or a comfortable pair of jeans: it might not be the cork you’ll pop when you invite the Queen of England over for dinner, but it’s a wine we open the way we reach for old jeans on Sunday morning or when going out to a local dive bar on Wednesday night.  It just fitsThe Côtes du Rhône “Villages” is broader and more intense.  Older vines and higher altitudes mean that the fruit is more refined and layered.  Finally, the Pons make a wonderful rose that typifies Roses from this area – clean, bright, low alcohol, and inexpensive.

To learn more about this Domiane Des Cedres, visit our producer page