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Rhône For The Holidays

by Dustin Soiseth

Wine Club Exclusive Sampler

Rhône For The Holidays

France   |   Southern Rhône

Normally $224.00
SPECIAL SAMPLER PRICE $157.00
(a 30% discount)

This item does not take further discounts

James Beard wrote that Rhône Valley wines have a “rare quality about them which is always pleasant, usually satisfying, and sometimes great.” I agree that Rhône wines are pleasant. There is a comforting warmth to them. They seem to smile up at you as all the solar energy soaked up during the growing season radiates out of the glass. I also agree that they are usually satisfying. They slake my thirst while at the same time are more substantial and filling than any liquid has a right to be. Greatness is subjective, but I’d argue that you’ll find it here, in this holiday sampler selected exclusively for our wine club members.
         Featuring a barrel-finished rosé, a satiny Châteauneuf-du-Pape blanc, and a quartet of robust reds – from the chewy, rough-hewn Sang des Cailloux Vacqueyras to a polished Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Vieux Telegraphe – this six pack is ready with a blast of Rhône sunshine to brighten up your holidays, whatever form they take this year. 
        Whether you just signed up last month, or have been with us from the beginning, your continued support means the world to us. Thank you.



Sampler Includes:

2019 Vin de France Rosé “Au Petit Bonheur” • Domaine Les Pallières $27.00
2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc “Clos la Roquète” • Clos La Roquète $58.00
2018 Vacqueyras Rouge “Cuvée Azalaïs” • Domaine Le Sang des Cailloux $38.00
2019 Beaumes-de-Venise Rouge • Domaine de Durban $20.00
2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Télégramme” • Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe $56.00
2019 Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah • Lionel Faury $25.00

Normally $224.00
SPECIAL SAMPLER PRICE $157.00
(a 30% discount)

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.

More from Southern Rhône or France

$38.00

2019 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge “La Rubiconde”

Maxime François Laurent  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Southern Rhône

$40.00

2005 Gigondas

Les Pallières  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Gigondas

$75.00

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

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

$32.00

2019 Vin de France Rosé “Au Petit Bonheur”

Les Pallières  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Vin de France

$27.00
$36.00

2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau”

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

$105.00

2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau”

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

$105.00

2018 Tavel “La Combe des Rieu”

Gaël Petit  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Tavel

$36.00

2003 Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau” MAGNUM

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

$155.00

2019 Ventoux Rouge “Mégaphone”

Frédéric & Daniel Brunier  France  |  Southern Rhône  |  Ventoux

$27.00

2019 Côtes-du-Rhône “Sierra du Sud”

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

$36.00

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

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