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2014 Côtes de Provence Rouge “Clos de la Procure”

Dupéré Barrera

2014 Côtes de Provence <em>Rouge</em> “Clos de la Procure” Dupéré Barrera - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

This AOC lies in the heart of rural Provence, where pine forest and aromatic garrigue thrive amid a hilly landscape punctuated by scraggy limestone outcroppings. Sadly, this sun-baked terroir’s undeniable potential is rarely ever fully realized: technological winemaking reigns in these parts, and many fine vineyard sites are wasted to the production of ultra-pale, insipid rosés  bound for consumption by unsuspecting tourists on the nearby Côte d’Azur. This red, then, represents a delicious exception: old vines of organically farmed Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Cinsault are foot-stomped and naturally vinified without any pumping or filtration. Bandol might want to look over its shoulder.  –Anthony Lynch

$19.95
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 30% Grenache, 30 % Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah, 10% Carignan, 10 % Cinsault
Appellation: Baux de Provence
Country: France
Region: Provence
Producer: Dupéré Barrera
Winemaker: Emmanuelle Dupéré and Laurent Barrera
Vineyard: 50 years average, 6 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Aged in French oak barrels from Château d’Yquem, Beauséjour Bécot, and Domaine de la Romanée Conti
Farming: Organic
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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A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!

Inspiring Thirst, page 117

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