October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
So much of the praise in this business gets heaped on a tiny sliver of expensive and unobtainable wines—trophies, cult wines, unicorns, and the like. That’s all well and good, but what about the sturdy vins de table that do the yeoman’s work of quenching our daily thirst? Shouldn’t they be lauded for brightening our weekday meals and burnishing our quotidian moments? I say yes! Take this year’s chewy, stick-to-your-ribs Côtes du Rhône. While it may not make it onto the Instagram feed of a famous sommelier or fetch a princely sum at auction, it is full, flavorful, and utterly delicious. With a glass in hand, the sun will shine brighter, the birds will sing louder, your cooking will taste better, and life will be good. That’s the highest praise I can think of.
|Blend:||62% Grenache, 26 % Syrah, 5% Carignan, 4% Cinsault, 3% Mourvèdre|
|Appellation:||Côtes du Rhône|
|Producer:||Selected by Kermit Lynch|
|Vineyard:||40 years average, 36 ha|
|Aging:||Wine is aged in cement tank before bottling|
Over forty years of doing business in France and Italy have given Kermit Lynch a level of expertise that few in the wine industry can boast. Countless hours with growers in some of the most famous vineyards and cellars of Europe have offered more than just a casual look at what it takes to be a great grower, let alone a great winemaker. Long-term relationships with vignerons in every major wine growing region offer a tremendous array of opportunities. Every year, Kermit enjoys a creative collaboration with some growers to find the best of their selections. Together, they work towards creating a final blend that showcases the region in all its glory at a price point that is difficult to match.
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.
Inspiring Thirst, page 174