The opinion of the sommelierIn French, “griottes” means Morello cherry. A particularly relevant name as the wine displays very seducing cherry ﬂavours. You can also find aromas of coﬀee and cocoa that will pair perfectly with a chocolate tart. The whole is carried by a remarkably thin tannic structure. This kind of wine, with powerful aromas and a thin structure, underlines the winemaker’s great skills. Moreover, this kind of red wine is particularily fit for dessert, which is not that common !
TerroirThe northern Rhone Valley’s vineyards are characterized by very narrow steep slopes. The inclination of the slopes allows good drainage of the water thus limiting the water supply to the vine. Vines therefore face a strong water stress that favours grapes’concentration. The wines are then more concentrated, and provide a beautiful tannic mouth feeling. Keep in mind that no good things come without any suﬀering !
Grape varietyGrenache with syrah is the emblematic blend of the southern Rhône. The reason why it is emblematic is simply because these two grape varieties are good together ! Grenache, which brings very ripe fruit, alcohol and unctuousness in the mouth, might seems a little heavy. But Syrah, a dashing variety full of freshness and spices, tones the Grenache and the whole gives a balanced blend.
VintageWhether we are talking about the southern or northern part, 2015 is undoubtedly a beautiful vintage for Rhone wines. It is particularly characterized by homogeneous harvests of all grape varieties, which means that all the berries matured at the same pace. And who says homogeneous harvests says superb blends !
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This kind of wine, with powerful aromas and a thin structure, underlines the winemaker’s great skills.