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2021 Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Rouge

Selected by Kermit Lynch
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I love a cool, light-bodied red, but with the arrival of early sunsets and long winter nights, I want to cozy up to one thing: an inky-dark rouge from a rustic terroir. I’m craving wines I can sink my teeth into, ones that deliver all the warmth and character of the sunbaked, shrubby terroir from which they sprang. This Vaucluse rouge, featuring plummy black fruit and surprisingly silky texture, is great with any wintry dish. If you are looking for suggestions, though, try it with flank steak drizzled in chimichurri or a smoky, charred-eggplant ratatouille—perfect for when it’s a bit nippy outside.

Jane Augustine

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 55% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Merlot, 10% Marselan
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Selected by Kermit Lynch
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: 14.5%

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Terroirs

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.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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