If you had to erect a gate between the northern and southern Rhône, signaling your passage from one to the other, you might place it at Domaine Gallety. Here, just south of Montélimar, but on the cooler left bank of the river, Alain and David-Alexandre Gallety craft singular red and white wines that exhibit some of the defining characteristics of both regions. In addition to the cooler climate, a relatively early harvest leads to this mineral white with great acidity. Made of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, and Roussanne, and aged two years in old barrels, it strikes just the right balance of freshness and luscious volume. This blanc, perfect for porch sipping or alongside light summer fare, is especially impressive considering that this is the first time the Galletys have made it!
If the Lapierres in Morgon ever made wine from Grenache and Syrah, this is how I imagine it would taste. This red is juicy, silky, and exuberant, while preserving the essence of these grape varieties grown in the southern Rhône, with their slight savoriness, stoniness, garrigue, and gently tannic backbone. The Lapierres, though, did not make this beautiful wine. The Bruniers—the family behind Vieux Télégraphe in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Les Pallières in Gigondas—did. More specifically, this is the first vintage of Mégaphone made by Edouard Brunier, the sixth generation of this renowned family to produce wine in the southern Rhône. Crafted with mostly Grenache and a little Syrah from the slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirail, this versatile rouge would happily accompany all kinds of dishes. I recommend Provençal chicken with tomatoes, olives, and herbs for a sublime match, though anything fresh off the grill would also do.
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