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2009 Les Baux de Provence Rouge “Cornaline”

Domaine Hauvette

2009 Les Baux de Provence <i>Rouge</i> “Cornaline” Domaine Hauvette - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
In the foothills of the Alpilles mountain range, Dominique Hauvette inhabits a hidden treasure of Provence, at least in terms of wine: the area’s Roman ruins and stunning scenery have made it a top destination for tourists, artists, and countless others. This impressive rocky formation—a sort of miniature Alps—is also home to the Baux de Provence appellation, a small but fascinating zone characterized by high-altitude limestone vineyards, pervasive mistral, and abundant garrigue. A pioneer of biodynamic viticulture and natural winemaking, Dominique crafts white, rosé, and red wines that express the wild, stony nature of the Alpilles with fine touch and layers of complex flavor. Cornaline represents her most structured, age-worthy red. This Grenache, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon blend provides a dense, savory mouthful of Provençal herbs, black fruit, and dusty, chewy tannins. Delicious already, this classic vintage has a striking freshness that suggests serious aging potential. –Anthony Lynch
$47.00
Vintage: 2009
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Baux de Provence
Country: France
Region: Provence
Producer: Domaine Hauvette
Winemaker: Dominique Hauvette
Vineyard: 40 years average, 2 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Wine is raised in foudre
Farming: Biodynamic
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Provence

Perhaps there is no region more closely aligned with the history to Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant than Provence. Provence is where Richard Olney, an American ex-pat and friend of Alice Waters, lived, and introduced Kermit to the great producers of Provence, most importantly Domaine Tempier of Bandol. Kermit also spends upwards of half his year at his home in a small town just outside of Bandol.

Vitis vinifera first arrived in France via Provence, landing in the modern day port city of Marseille in the 6th century BC. The influence of terroir on Provençal wines goes well beyond soil types. The herbs from the pervasive scrubland, often referred to as garrigue, as well as the mistral—a cold, drying wind from the northwest that helps keep the vines free of disease—play a significant role in the final quality of the grapes. Two more elements—the seemingly ever-present sun and cooling saline breezes from the Mediterranean—lend their hand in creating a long growing season that result in grapes that are ripe but with good acidity.

Rosé is arguably the most well known type of wine from Provence, but the red wines, particularly from Bandol, possess a great depth of character and ability to age. The white wines of Cassis and Bandol offer complexity and ideal pairings for the sea-influenced cuisine. Mourvèdre reigns king for red grapes, and similar to the Languedoc and Rhône, Grenache, Cinsault, Marsanne, Clairette, Rolle, Ugni Blanc among many other grape varieties are planted.

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When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:

1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.

Inspiring Thirst, page 174

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