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2011 Les Baux de Provence Rouge “Cornaline”

Domaine Hauvette

In the three decades since Dominique Hauvette founded her domaine at the foot of the Alpilles mountain range in Provence, she has established herself as one of the all-time great Provençal producers. In addition to making delicious, interesting, and age-worthy wines, she has done more than any of her regional peers to push the boundaries of organic and biodynamic farming. Lest you think all reds from Provence are of the same vein, this wine overlaps only slightly with the reds of Bandol, with which you might be more familiar. Where those Mourvèdre-based wines are heavily influenced by their proximity to the coast, this eight-year-old Cornaline comes from a more continental climate and is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The main thread that runs through both the Bandol reds and her Baux de Provence? The unmistakable scent and taste of garrigue that so potently evokes southern France. This wine has just the right balance of sturdy southern grip and country refinement. Strawberries, cassis, leather, and herbs come together in a glass of wine that is ready to drink today and should be even more re ned in five years. Pour it slightly chilled alongside some grilled lamb chops or steak for an epic meal.

Tom Wolf

$49.00
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2011
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 (practicing)
Alcohol: 14%

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About Provence

map of 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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