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2017 Gigondas

Domaine du Durban

Gigondas boasts a wide range of terroirs that give birth to a surprising diversity of styles. Durban’s vineyard on the limestone upper slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirail tends toward a high-flying, pure style. Inspired by Jim Harrison’s writing on the subject in 2002, I offer this “tasting note”: a young man that is of lean build but has a certain warmness to his face and demeanor, round, jolly cheeks, a ready smile, and a slight hint of insecurity, as if what he offered wasn’t quite good enough, which of course makes it even better. I think I just described proprietor Henri Leydier, one of the pleasantest people I could ever hope to meet.

Dixon Brooke

Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah
Appellation: Gigondas
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Domaine de Durban
Winemaker: The Leydier Family
Vineyard: 37 years, 6 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Wine ages in large oak barrels
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau”

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$90.00

2017 Tavel Rosé

Château de Trinquevedel  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Tavel

$18.95

2005 Gigondas

Les Pallières  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Gigondas

$75.00

2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc “Clos la Roquète”

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$54.00

2000 Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau” HALF BOTTLE

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$49.00

2016 Gigondas “Terrasse du Diable”

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$40.00

2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau” JEROBOAM

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2015 Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise HALF BOTTLE

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2015 Côtes de Rhône Villages Cairanne

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2017 Ventoux Rouge “Mégaphone”

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2016 Vacqueyras Rouge “Cuvée Floureto”

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2017 Tavel Rosé MAGNUM

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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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