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2022 Alpilles Rouge “Grenache”

Domaine Hauvette
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It is only natural—sensible, even—to draw parallels between a wine and its maker, with the best wines possessing a living soul that holds a mirror to endearing qualities like affability or poise. This bold and vibrant Grenache certainly reminds me of vigneronne Dominique Hauvette, whose no-nonsense air and scrupulous approach to winemaking have resulted in her flawless track record for impeccable, natural wines. When she’s not tending her biodynamic vines or in the cellar brewing infallible wines according to lunar cycles, she trains champion race horses—and approaches both passions with indefatigable energy and prowess. A thoroughbred of pure Grenache, this unbridled rouge is fresh and lithe, teeming with juicy dark fruit and ample goût de terroir

Madison H. Brown

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2022
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Grenache
Appellation: IGP Alpilles
Country: France
Region: Provence
Producer: Domaine Hauvette
Winemaker: Dominique Hauvette
Vineyard: 70 years, 1 ha
Soil: Clay, limestone
Aging: Raised in 30hL foudre
Farming: Biodynamic (practicing)
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About The Region

Provence

map of Provence

Perhaps there is no region more closely aligned with the history to Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant than Provence. Provence is where Richard Olney, an American ex-pat and friend of Alice Waters, lived, and introduced Kermit to the great producers of Provence, most importantly Domaine Tempier of Bandol. Kermit also spends upwards of half his year at his home in a small town just outside of Bandol.

Vitis vinifera first arrived in France via Provence, landing in the modern day port city of Marseille in the 6th century BC. The influence of terroir on Provençal wines goes well beyond soil types. The herbs from the pervasive scrubland, often referred to as garrigue, as well as the mistral—a cold, drying wind from the northwest that helps keep the vines free of disease—play a significant role in the final quality of the grapes. Two more elements—the seemingly ever-present sun and cooling saline breezes from the Mediterranean—lend their hand in creating a long growing season that result in grapes that are ripe but with good acidity.

Rosé is arguably the most well known type of wine from Provence, but the red wines, particularly from Bandol, possess a great depth of character and ability to age. The white wines of Cassis and Bandol offer complexity and ideal pairings for the sea-influenced cuisine. Mourvèdre reigns king for red grapes, and similar to the Languedoc and Rhône, Grenache, Cinsault, Marsanne, Clairette, Rolle, Ugni Blanc among many other grape varieties are planted.

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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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