By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2016 | Send Email
Quality is a measure of time, whether we’re talking the cultivation of wine or a fertile, developing mind. So easy to forget this while we try to subsume, adjust and navigate our lives on all those tiny screens. Just look around you. Breathe. Explore. The natural cycles of the earth and seasons do more to create great wine than any chemistry book or website, and it’s a pleasure to discover winemakers who still adhere to this traditional ethos. Fortunately we all benefit, as the remarkable wines of this domaine beautifully demonstrate. Grown on clay-limestone soils on vines averaging 35 years, the Côtes-du-Rhone is a skilled blending of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault, aged in old foudres and stainless before bottling and kept at least five years before release. Polished and aromatic, it exudes fragrances of blackcurrant, cherries, licorice and cedar, evolving upon the palate with touches of undergrowth, spice and velvety tannins. A meditative, well-structured, memorable wine to pair with braised short ribs or hachis parmentier.