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A Syrah-based blend from rugged, windswept slopes of limestone and marl, Causse du Bousquet is the perfect introduction to Saint-Chinian. Isabelle and Matthieu Champart have called these Languedoc hills home since 1976, when they moved to Isabelle’s family’s farm and began tending the vines that surround the property. In addition to being a skilled vigneron, Isabelle is a fantastic cook, and the wines truly shine alongside simple Mediterranean dishes from fresh ingredients—just as she would serve guests on her terrace, overlooking the vineyards. This full-bodied red shows off the house style and can even age for several years, if you desire. Rustic yet remarkably polished, Causse du Bousquet is inky dark with notes of blackberry and a whole lotta soul.
|Blend:||74% Syrah, 6% Grenache, 4% Cinsault, 6% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan|
|Winemaker:||Isabelle & Mathieu Champart|
|Vineyard:||Syrah: 15/25 years, Grenache: 25 years, Mourvèdre: 15/25 years, Carignan: 60-110 years, 16 ha total|
|Soil:||Marl, Clay, Limestone|
|Aging:||Aged in barrels and demi-muids for at least 12 months, and then blended and aged in cuve for 8 months|
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