Blend: 50% Grenache & 50% Syrah
From: Grignan-Les-Adhemar, Rhone, France
Taste: A refreshingly deep, but firm nose full of rich berry fruit (ripe but not jammy or baked) over a baking spice and foresty core that includes a hint of truffle and black olive. Medium to full-bodied in weight, with no hard edges & a cheerfully lifted finish. Tastes like summer!
Pairing: All the summertime classics work wonderfully here. BBQ, roasted chicken, sausage, anything off the grill, etc. With all that, we’re going to share an equally versatile recipe from Jacques Pepin for Stuffed Peppers. It’ll take about an hour and forty minutes to make, and will yield about 6 servings.
The area. Nestled in the heart of the Rhone valley on the left bank, are the 1800 hectares of vineyards of Grignan-les-Adhémar in the Drôme Provençale (the northern part of the Southern Rhone). Flourishing in a land of plenty, the vineyards alternate with aromatic herbs, lavender fields, truffle oaks and olive groves.
Its wines are refined and delicious, mainly reds (75% of total wine production), with a range of flavors from berry and plum through to spices and on to the more sophisticated notes of pepper, violet and truffle, signs of wines which will age well. Its fresh, fruity and elegant white wines (only 11% of total production here) and rosés (14% of production) play on delightful seduction.
Here, the sub-soils nourish. Limestone delivers elegance while clay imparts richness. The Mediterranean climate bestows mild, temperate, windy weather in the winter; hot, dry, bright summer days and cool nights. The combination of the two promotes gradual, regular sugar concentration in the fruit, whilst the Mistral wind drives away both the clouds and diseases. The clusters of grapes therefore ripen consistently, a prerequisite for balanced wines.
For all that, only 24% of wine production from Grignan-Les-Adhemar is exported from France, thus, if this is your first introduction to the area… you’re probably not alone!
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