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Deep in the rustic southern French countryside near the town of Montpeyroux, Sylvain Fadat proudly waves the flag for the high-quality terroirs of the Languedoc. In a region plagued by a reputation for bulk wine, Sylvain has proven over the course of many vintages that sensible site selection, conscientious farming, and low yields from old vines can produce wines of great pedigree, comparable to those from the Rhône or Provence but often at a lesser price. For a first-time Club Rouge exclusive, we are pleased to offer Sylvain’s tête de cuvée: La Boda is a marriage of the domaine’s two best terroirs to create a super-cuvée loaded with regional character. It consists of powerful Mourvèdre from the Aupilhac vineyard blended with Syrah, Carignan, and Grenache from the high-altitude Cocalières site for finesse. Dense and muscular with suggestions of spicy garrigue and inky black fruit, La Boda can be enjoyed today and for many, many years to come.
|Blend:||40% Mourvèdre, 40% Syrah, 10% Carignan, 10% Grenache|
|Soil:||Limestone, Basalt, Clay, Scree, Blue Marl (with fossil deposits)|
|Aging:||Ages for 24 months in 300L barrels|
Domaine d’Aupilhac France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Vin de Pays de l’Hérault
Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch