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2016 Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Rouge

Domaine de Durban

2016 Vin de Pays de Vaucluse <i>Rouge</i> Domaine de Durban - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
I'll try not to portray this custom Rhône bargain—the best French value in our portfolio—as more than what it is. No, my connoisseur’s nose did not pick up wafting aromas of singed sandalwood, thrice-cooked bacon, or pureed overripe fig compote. Nor does it possess a stupefying, mind-boggling, 100-point finish. And while it will certainly hold up for several years, this is not the wine you should safeguard in your cellar for half a century. But it does provide a wholly satisfying mouthful of chewy black fruit, a dark, supple, tender fleshiness, and some grip that recalls its rustic terroir. Don’t miss out on this unfiltered eleven-dollar delight.

Anthony Lynch

Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 55% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Merlot, 10% Marselan
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Domaine de Durban
Winemaker: The Leydier Family
Vineyard: 18 years, 3.5 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Wine ages for 8 months in cuves before being bottled unfiltered
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13%

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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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Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch

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