2006 Domaine du Péras "Giroflet" (Previously $15)

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From a minuscule one hectare vineyard in the heart of the Languedoc comes this most unusual and profound red from Murielle and Laurent Girault. The Giroflet rouge is composed 15 different varietals all co-planted in 1925. Along with Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan and Syrah, you'll find more ancient varietals like Aramon and Grand Noir de la Calmette. Harvesting is done by hand to ensure optimal ripeness (although never at the expese of acidity) and undamaged fruit. Only natural yeasts are utilized, and the wine undergoes 24 months of elevage in older wood to develop addtional complexity and nuance. The Giroflet rouge is neither fined nor filtered. Gorgeous nuances of dark red fruits, baking spices and garrigue come to mind. The Giroflet rouge is a red to contemplate with a selection of fine cow or sheeps milk cheeses, or to enjoy with a garlic crusted roast leg of lamb. Production for the 2006 Giroflet rouge extremely limited. The Giroflet rouge is truly a labour of love from Murielle and Laurent to all wine drinkers who appreciate hand-crafted artisanal wine. 14.5% abv.

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/11/2009 | Send Email
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One afternoon I casually asked Mulan, our inimitable Rhone/French Regional expert and wine buyer, for a reliable red recommendation from the Languedoc, and she immediately pointed to the Giroflet Rouge. Sure, great, thanks! And then I took it home, opened it and experienced a minor 'epiphany' (not a word we toss around lightly here). The fifteen known and obscure grape varietals planted in that single hectare are all spry geriatrics by now, having endured endless harvests, great depressions and world war, so they're not ones to give it up lightly, every solitary grape matters in the final infinitesimal tabulation of things, as it should with each of us. See, I wax philosophically— blame it on the dark, spicy and harmonious wine, the sun and soil filtered through time and root and vine that ends up as the glistening soul of the Languedoc in your glass.

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