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2015 Côtes-du-Rhône “Cuvée Kermit Lynch”

Selected by Kermit Lynch

2015 Côtes-du-Rhône “Cuvée Kermit Lynch” Selected by Kermit Lynch - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

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.

Dustin Soiseth

$12.95
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 62% Grenache, 26 % Syrah, 5% Carignan, 4% Cinsault, 3% Mourvèdre
Appellation: Côtes du Rhône
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Selected by Kermit Lynch
Vineyard: 40 years average, 36 ha
Soil: Marl, Limestone
Aging: Wine is aged in cement tank before bottling
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Southern Rhône

The southern Rhône valley is Grenache country. It’s also known for its stones. With a viticulture history dating back well before the Popes arrived in the 12th century and one of France’s oldest appellations d'origine contrôlée, Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe, the southern Rhône is unquestionably one of France’s best known and premier winegrowing regions. The wines have the pedigree and age-worthiness of Burgundy and Bordeaux, but with a rustic, Mediterranean character. Like most wines from southern France, the reds, whites, and rosés are blends. Filling out the Grenache for the reds and rosés, you’ll often find Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault. The common white grape varieties are Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Viognier, Roussane, and Marsanne among others. From the alluvial riverbed stones found in Lirac, Tavel, and Châteauneuf to the limestone cliffs of the Dentelles de Montmirail that influence Beaumes-de-Venise (where you’ll find excellent Muscat), Vacqueyras, and Gigondas, great terroir abounds.

Kermit’s entrance in the region came in the mid 1970s on his first trip with Richard Olney, an American ex-pat and friend of Alice Waters. On that trip, Richard introduced Kermit to the Brunier family of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. Soon after, Kermit began importing the Brunier’s wines—their Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau” bottling remains a staple of our portfolio today. In the late 1990s Kermit teamed up with the Brunier family to purchase the famed Gigondas estate, Domaine Les Pallières. More than 40 years later, we now import wines from fifteen southern Rhône domaines spanning the entire area of the region.

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2015 Gigondas “Les Racines”

Les Pallières  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Gigondas

$40.00

2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Châteauneuf-du-Pape

$79.00

2016 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge “Il Fait Soif”

Maxime-François Laurent  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Côtes du Rhône

$26.00

2014 Vacqueyras Rouge “Cuvée Doucinello”

Domaine Le Sang des Cailloux  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Vacqueyras

$34.00

2016 Côtes-du-Rhône “Sierra du Sud”

Domaine Gramenon  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Côtes-du-Rhône

$35.00

2016 Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Rouge

Domaine de Durban  France  |  Southern Rhône

$11.00

2016 Côtes-du-Rhône “Poignée de Raisins”

Domaine Gramenon  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Côtes-du-Rhône

$27.00

2014 Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise

Domaine de Durban  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise

$16.00

2016 Tavel Rosé

Château de Trinquevedel  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Tavel

$18.95

2012 Côtes du Vivarais

Domaine Gallety  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Côtes du Vivarais

$29.00

2014 Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Piedlong”

Frédéric & Daniel Brunier  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Châteauneuf-du-Pape

$58.00

2014 Lirac “Le Classique”

Domaine du Joncier  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Lirac

$25.00

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

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