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2019 Côtes du Rhône

Selected by Kermit Lynch

One of the things I love about this bottling is that while we get to choose our blend every year after tasting samples from roughly twenty different tanks, we still allow the conditions of the vintage to guide us, giving us a fresh, honest, and pure entry point to the Rhône’s great reds. This 2019 reflects a relatively warm year in the southern Rhône Valley, rendering this cuvée a little more solaire than its 2018 counterpart. Still, it bears all of the trademark qualities that we look for in a weeknight rouge from this slice of France: the dark fruit, wild herbs, stony spirit, and, most important, deliciousness that you want to savor again and again.

Tom Wolf

$12.95
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2019
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 62% Grenache, 18% Syrah, 11% Mourvèdre, 9% Carignan
Appellation: Côtes du Rhône
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Selected by Kermit Lynch
Vineyard: 40 years average, 36 ha
Soil: Marl, Limestone
Aging: Wine is aged in cement tank before bottling
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Southern Rhône

map of 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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2019 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge “Il Fait Soif”

Maxime-François Laurent  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Côtes du Rhône

$32.00

2019 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge “La Rubiconde”

Maxime François Laurent  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Southern Rhône

$40.00

2018 Gigondas “Terrasse du Diable”

Domaine Les Pallières  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Gigondas

$45.00
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2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Télégramme”

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Châteauneuf-du-Pape

$56.00

2019 Côtes-du-Rhône “Sierra du Sud”

Domaine Gramenon  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Côtes-du-Rhône

$36.00

2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau”

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Châteauneuf-du-Pape

$105.00

2019 Beaumes-de-Venise Rouge

Domaine de Durban  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Beaumes-de-Venise

$20.00

2005 Gigondas

Les Pallières  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Gigondas

$75.00
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2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc “Clos la Roquète”

Frédéric & Daniel Brunier  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Châteauneuf-du-Pape

$58.00

2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc “La Crau”

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Châteauneuf-du-Pape

$86.00

When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:

1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.

Inspiring Thirst, page 174

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