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Kermit and I arrived at the Terres d’Avignon cave co-op in early July last year to blend the 2016 vintage of our Côtes du Rhône. We tasted our way through twenty-one tanks of various capacities, each holding different blends of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault sourced from small farmers in the surrounding hills. The wines tasted generous, focused, and complete, showing great aromatic typicity in the form of sun-kissed blackberry, black olive, and plenty of spicy garrigue herbs like rosemary and thyme. In our final blend, we sought to marry the element of nectarous fruit that invites carefree gulping with a touch of depth and slight grip that will come in handy at table. Just arrived in our shop, here are the fruits of that day’s labor.
|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|
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.
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