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If you’re unfamiliar with the Côtes du Vivarais, imagine treating your palate to a cross between Saint Joseph and Gigondas. Savory and elegant, recalling a harmonious medley of spices and flowers, this red also features the fleshy, dark fruit we’ve come to expect in southern appellations. Hidden away in the Ardèche, the Galletys are starting to turn heads in France. This rare, ageable red provides excellent value and is a must-try for amateurs of unknown terroirs.
|Blend:||50% Syrah, 50% Grenache|
|Appellation:||Côtes du Vivarais|
|Vineyard:||40 years average, 13.8 ha|
|Aging:||Wine is aged in neutral oak barrels for about 15 months|
When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:
1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.
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