October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
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
|Blend:||50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Appellation:||Baux de Provence|
|Vineyard:||40 years average, 2 ha|
|Aging:||Wine is raised in foudre|
I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.
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