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They say good things come in threes. How about: Three brothers: Pierre, Xavier, Jean-Marc. Three nouns: Pic, Saint, Loup. Three soils: clay, marl, limestone. Three grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre (plus a little Cinsault). Three flavors: strawberry, raspberry, citrus. Three adjectives: alluring, mellow, tangy. Three fish on the family crest (they are loups or sea bass, a tribute to the mountain of Pic Saint Loup and to the three brothers). Three gauges of quality: biodynamic, organic, certified. Three occasions: breakfast, lunch, dinner. Three bottles: definitely not enough.
|Blend:||30% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Cinsault|
|Appellation:||Languedoc Pic Saint Loup|
|Producer:||Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup|
|Winemaker:||Xavier, Pierre, and Jean-Marc Ravaille|
|Vineyard:||10 – 50 years, 4 ha|
|Soil:||Red Clay, Marly Limestone|
A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!
Inspiring Thirst, page 117