Rosé may be Provence’s best-known wine—it now makes up 85% of the region’s annual production—but it must be remembered that red wines are historically Provence’s calling card. Mourvèdre reigns here, bringing a rugged energy and unapologetic boldness that give Provençal reds their swagger. A faithful supporting cast that includes Grenache and Cinsault fills in the gaps and rounds out rough edges, creating wines that are not rustic beasts but have considerable nuance, with deep and complex aromatics and fine balance from start to finish. In certain terroirs, other grapes such as Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon have found a home away from home, translating the charms of the Provençal countryside in their own way. Bandol is the source of many of Provence’s most exciting reds, and the four domaines we have selected all have something unique to propose. Don’t miss some of the older vintages for the ultimate Bandol experience. Growers in other parts of the region have proven that distinguished terroir abounds in this Mediterranean paradise. In Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, at the foot of the scenic Alpilles mountains, Dominique Hauvette has shown the merits of biodynamic farming (since 2000!) and natural winemaking, using low sulfur and working with concrete eggs to make beautifully pure and expressive interpretations of her craggy limestone vineyards. Further east, near the Italian border, Roch Sassi of Clos Saint-Joseph employs similar practices in a cooler climate, surrounded by Alpine peaks in one of the decidedly lesser-known corners of Provence. His gentle, floral reds, with their delicate aromatics and lower alcohol, show a side of Provence you'll want to revisit over and over.
Domaine de Terrebrune France | Provence | Bandol
The only thing better than a young Terrebrune Bandol that is accessible immediately and can be served cool in the summertime is a Terrebrune with almost 15 years of age on it.
The list of factors goes on and our list of overachievers could, too. For now, we’ve narrowed down our selections to twenty-four wines—four each at six price points, because tremendous value isn’t exclusive to inexpensive bottlings. You can find it at all prices, from $12 to $120, as these wines resoundingly show.
It’s as if the fossil-laden chalky soil running through Chablis has helped create a wine that is a visceral reminder of our amphibian past, with its bracing smell of waterfalls and oncoming rain, wet stone and coastal citrus groves. Briny, crisp, chiseled, and mouthwatering, it refreshes and invigorates.
While Barolo and Barbaresco are aged for years in wood before release, many growers also bottle a fresher, lighter, more approachable expression of the variety under the Langhe Nebbiolo denomination...
The Geggiano winemaking operation is about as artisanal as can be, housed in a thirteenth-century cellar filled with nothing but old wooden casks, where the elixir of these Tuscan hillsides patiently blossoms to maturity...
Few wines pair better with grilled foods than a savory, smoky expression of Syrah. Additionally, its characteristic spice and assertive flavor make it a great partner to many dishes in Indian, Pakistani, Persian, North African, and eastern Mediterranean cuisines, without forgetting its affinity to rustic French cooking.
Many of our best values, all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and even a couple of sparklers, made by real people and reefer-shipped so they arrive in your hands in nothing less than perfect condition.
Her wonderfully complex terroir of schist, granite, and galets roulés (alluvial riverbed stones) produces some of the most ethereal rosés you’ll ever taste. And the olive oil—well, it isn’t easy for us to get as excited about olive oil as about wine, but when you taste these, you’ll understand why they have become Corsica’s pride and joy.
You will be hard pressed to find better wines anywhere in the Côte Chalonnaise, and don’t underestimate their appellations—de Villaine wines routinely outperform more prestigious, more expensive appellations.
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