Domaine Leplan Vermeersch Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone, Complete Guide

Leplan Vermeersch Domaine Leplan Vermeersch Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone, Complete Guide

Everything about Domaine Leplan Vermeersch Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone wine producer profile with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews and images. If you want to read about other important wineries and wine makers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles

Domaine Leplan Vermeersch History, Overview

Domaine Leplan Vermeersch has been around since 2000. However I only recently discovered the quality of wines coming from this estate. Domaine Leplan Vermeersch is owned by the famous race car driver, Dirk Vermeersch who was forced to leave the racing world after a serious auto racing accident.

Dirk Vermeersch made his first wines from vines located close to Tulette with the 2001 vintage. Most of the Southern Rhone Valley vineyard land owned by the Vermeersch family is in the Cotes du Rhone appellation. There they have 20 hectares of vines to produce both red and white Cotes du Rhone. They also own 2 hectares of vines classified as IGP. In 2006, Dirk Vermeersch purchased .6 hectares of vines in Chateauneuf du Pape.

Domaine Leplan Vermeersch Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

Domaine Leplan Vermeersch is one of the smallest land holders in the entire Chateauneuf du Pape appellation as they own a small .6 hectare parcel of vines in the region. All the vineyard work that takes place for Domaine Leplan Vermeersch is 100% organic. Select parcels have been certified as organic by Ecocert. In time, it is expected that all of their vineyards will be 100% organic and certified.

Domaine Leplan Vermeersch, as you night expect with holdings that are .6 hectares of vines only produces one red, Chateauneuf du Pape wine from 100% old vine Grenache vines. Domaine Leplan Vermeersch GT-1 is aged in Demi-muid for an average of 12 months. As you should expect, the production is quite small. About 500 cases are produced of this wine in every vintage.

The wine with its name of GT-1 is named after a racing term. The black and white checkered pattern on the bottom of the label is also a racing symbol of a flag that is only displayed to the winner of the race.

Serving and Decanting Domaine Leplan Vermeersch with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

Domaine Leplan Vermeersch is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Domaine Leplan Vermeersch is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Domaine Leplan Vermeersch is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.

Domaine LePlan-Vermeersch Wine Tasting Notes

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2014Domaine LePlan-Vermeersch GT-1  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)91 pts

Stylish, with a very modern leaning, the wine is full bodied, polished, silky, round and loaded with smoky, ripe, dark, red spicy fruits, licorice and olive tapanade. If the oak manages to fully integrate, this will be even better.

91 points - Tasted
2010Domaine LePlan-Vermeersch GT-1  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)92 pts

Fleshy, polished and modern styled, this full bodied, intense, sexpot of a wine is rich and ripe and packed with layers of ripe, dark, red spicy fruits.

92 points - Tasted
2009Domaine LePlan-Vermeersch GT-1  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)92 pts

Rich, lush, opulent and packed with sweet kirsch, black raspberries, cherries, thyme and peppery notes, this is ready to go. Made from 100% Grenache, the wine is ripe, slightly jammy, but there is more than enough freshness and purity of fruit to go around.

92 points - Tasted