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It’s Rhône time

June 8, 2020
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This week’s featured wines are some of the new ones that we brought in last week in our first dabble in the world of direct wine importing.  We’ve brought in 8 wines that Lindsay and I enjoyed for years while we lived down in Provence and that I am now very excited to share with you on the Brent Riviera!

Mourchon has been farmed organically for the last 8 years, but will only receive its official accreditation this summer.  But hell, they’re organic, right?  Their Loubié Rosé is rated as one of the best rosés in the Provence, Decanter made it their pick of the Provencal rosés a couple of years ago and Jeb Dunnock describes this vintage as offering “a beautiful bouquet of ripe peach, tangerines and strawberries… with a juicy, medium-bodied style… bright acidity, plenty of fruit… another undeniably delicious rosé from this great estate”.

Their Tradition Rouge is a traditional Rhône blend of 65 % Grenache, 25 % Syrah, 10% Carignan, aged in raw concrete vats to recreate the style of wines traditionally matured in stone lined vats.  It’s full of cherries and herbs with forward notes of spice and liquorice. Next time – and we all have time for this now, don’t we? – so next time you butterfly a leg of lamb and grill it over the embers of an open fire, this is the wine for you.  (Also good with a kebab.)

The Grande Reserve is a more concentrated affair.  It’s made from the grapes of older Grenache and Syrah vines lower yields but, as a result, more concentrated juice.  40% of the wine is matured in new and 1-2 year-old oak barrels to soften the powerful tannins particularly of the Syrah, where the rest is matured in the same concrete tanks to keep some structure and freshness. Delicious with ‘un peu de rosbif’.

Finally, we have brought in a few bottles of the Mourchon Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  The grapes are grown a few miles away in Châteauneuf, where the wine is made before transferring it for maturing in Mourchon’s cellars.  It matures for a year in large ‘demi-muid’ oak vats, which are used more to soften and develop the flavor of the wine, than to add the flavours associated with barrel ageing.  Mourchon describe this as “a medium ruby wine with a harmonious nose of gentle spice and ripe red fruit. The palate is rich and elegant with a touch of oak and well-defined length lifted with balanced freshness”.  It’s tasting lovely now, but if you were looking for something to lay down for an anniversary, then this one will mature and mellow over the next 5-10 years. 

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