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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|
For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.
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