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2010 Domaine du Gros Nore Bandol Rosé $28
Alain Pascal could be a character pulled right out of a Marcel Pagnol novel—a kind of Provençal Hercules. Like his father, Honoré, for whom the domaine is named, Alain is a strong, husky man with hands the size of bear claws. That he is a former boxer and an avid hunter should be no surprise, yet his physique matches both his spirit and his wine—this gentle giant and his cuvées are all heart. Bandol can be considered where the best rosés in the world come from. This one is a blend of 40% Mourvèdre, 40% Cinsault, 20% Grenache.
2010 Saint Martin Langeudoc Rosé $12
When Italian Umberto Guida and his American wife, Joëtta, bought the 62-hectare estate, St. Martin de la Garrigue, in the early nineties, they attached their names to several eras of history. The château is located in the Languedoc, near Pézenas, the hometown of Molière. Surrounded by pine forests and garrigue, it is situated overlooking the Hérault River. 43% Syrah, 18.5% Mourvèdre, 17.5% Grenache Noir, 21% Carignan.
Along the steep, narrow valley that traces the northern Rhône, the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and Saint-Joseph take their place among the great wines of France, and Domaine Faury is one of the region’s most artisanal producers. Condrieu is an appellation that is 100% Viognier!.
2009 Faury Saint Joseph $32
Same as above but the Saint Joseph is a blend of 60% Marsanne and 40% Roussanne.
Louis Barruol is an indefatigable force in the Rhône. He is the fourteenth generation in his family to be making wine in this sixteenth-century domaine in Gigondas. Together he and Kermit blend this classic cotes du rhone every year. The blend is 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache from 30 year old vines. Lots of ripe bright fruit, this is more the California wine drinkers style!
Fadats have farmed this land since the nineteenth century, and the vineyards date even farther back to the time of the Romans. The vineyard is certified organic. Domaine d’Aupilhac’s wines find a terrific balance of ripe fruit and silky tannins, power and grace. When aged, these wines achieve a complexity rarely found in wines sold for many times the price, while their wildness and intensity makes them equally appealing young.
Before acquiring vineyards, Georges Delille trained as a sommelier in Paris. In 1963, he bought what would become Domaine de Terrebrune. Reynald’s Bandols are different. There is a more ethereal quality to them, a real freshness—and with Mourvèdre accounting for 85% of the final assemblage, this is praise indeed. It is extremely rare to see or taste a wine of this vintage.
Domaine de la Tour du Bon rests peacefully atop a limestone plateau in Le Brûlat du Castellet, in the northwestern corner of the A.O.C. Bandol. Female owner/winemaker, she farms her 38 year old vineyard. Varies : 55% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 5% Carignan. The wine is rustic with the concentration of Mourvedre.
In the world of wine, there are many good winegrowers. However, there are only a very select few who are truly great, and Auguste Clape is among them. Critics and connoisseurs alike all agree that he is one of the greatest pioneers of the Northern Rhône, and his Syrahs from the cru of Cornas are among the most celebrated wines of France. The Renaissance is 20 year old vines aged for 22 months. This wine shows deep purple and blue fruit with a peppered bloody meat quality that can only be found in Cornas.