2013 Château Trians Coteaux Varois en Provence Rouge (Previously $14)
Like a southern Rhône wine, this blend of Grenache and Syrah has loads of black-fruited flavors with spices and a supple, loamy earthiness. Unlike many of the ultra-ripe baked qualities we expect in Côtes du Rhône, this wine leads with more freshness and brighter flavors. Coteaux Varois en Provence is in the west center of the appellation and is ringed by hills and mountains to the south, north and west. The soils are mostly limestone and clay with the two main distinctions being altitude (most vineyards average 350 meters) and a continental climate influence. The surrounding mountains and hills act as natural barriers. Our newest DI producer from the region, Château Trians has the added benefit of having all north-facing vineyards. In 1989, Jean-Louis Masurel took over the 50-acre vineyard and began modernizing and shifted to organic production. Arriving just a month ago, his rosé quickly sold out, but his white and reds are tremendous offerings and exceptional values.