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—Clark Z. Terry
|Blend:||60% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 5% Cinsault, 5% Carignan|
|Producer:||Kermit Lynch Blends - Languedoc|
|Vineyard:||30 years average, 3 ha|
|Soil:||70% Schist, 30% Clay-Limestone|
|Aging:||Aged in 70% stainless steel tank, 30% wood (foudre, demi-muid, barrel)|
The Kermit Lynch blend from the Languedoc is born from history with vigneron Jean-Claude Zabalia, which dates back to the early ‘90s when he was the winemaker at St. Martin de la Garrigue. In 2012 he departed the domaine to found Château des Deux Rocs, which focuses on the high-elevation appellation of Cabrières. Kermit’s collaboration with Jean-Claude brings us what most certainly is one of the great value reds produced in France today. The fruit is sourced from Jean-Claude’s holdings in two of the Languedoc’s most up-and-coming terroirs—Cabrières and Terrasses du Larzac. These appellations are tucked away in the mountains at over 1000 feet above sea level, giving the wines an uncharacteristic freshness for the region.
Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.
Inspiring Thirst, page 312