If any vigneron enjoys spending as much time cooking al fresco as he does tending his vines, it is Alain Pascal of Domaine du Gros ’Noré. Alain cooks fish and game on a large stone grill next to a dreamy terrace, where he hosts friends and neighbors for hours of dining and conversation. While Alain’s rosé is perfect for his famous mussels, this full-bodied rouge, with notes of dark fruit and fragrant garrigue, is built for grilled lamb or pork chops.
In the rugged foothills of the Alpilles mountain range, south of Avignon, Dominique Hauvette crafts wines that are as unique and beautiful as her slice of Provence. A revered champion of biodynamic viticulture and a creative blender, Dominique takes mostly old-vine Grenache and Syrah and a little Cabernet Sauvignon to make a gorgeous, distinctive, and elegant rouge that is ready today but will age phenomenally well over the next decade or more. Evoking dark fruit, spices, and tobacco, this is the wine to open on your next steak night.
Made only in the best vintages, from Tour du Bon’s top terroirs, Saint Ferréol delivers so much of what we love about Bandol. Soulful and slightly wild, but beautifully balanced, this rouge has an irresistible goût—and parfum—de terroir that smells like the domaine on a hot day, when the garrigue surrounding the vines is sweating aromas of lavender and rosemary. The strong, stony finish begs for charcuterie or grilled sausages on a crusty baguette.
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