2013 Côtes-du-Rhône red, Les Vins Harmonies, France
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Selected, assembled and aged by François Chartier «Créateur d’harmonies», at Domaine Jaume, 24, rue Reynarde, 26110 Vinsobres, France.
Complementary ingredients for a successful harmony
Pair this grenache-syrah-mourvèdre blend to your favorite recipes that include one or more of these ingredients: black pepper, black olives, lamb, red meats, smoked meats, thyme, star anise, licorice, carrots, caraway, fennel, turnips, parsley roots, tarragon, Jerusalem artichokes, mint, oregano, roasted root vegetable, and many more.
From the northernmost limit of this southern valley, obviously, because of the Vinsobres terroir, comes a fresh red wine that is reminiscent of certain syrahs from Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage, to the north, but without the jammy notes typical of the southern part of this region. What we have here is a wine with an aromatic profile on the path of syrah, with subtle and elegant notes of black pepper and black olives yet with a floral touch. Its mouth is broad and fresh, vivid and refined, with extra fine tannins, a moderate body and lengthy cherry, star anise, cocoa, black olives and black pepper flavors. A red wine could hardly be more palatable and authentic. But the best part is that this 55% grenache, 30% syrah and 15% mourvèdre blend elaborated at Domaine Jaume, in Vinsobres, will gain in aromatic complexity and creaminess in the few months following its purchase, and it will keep evolving over the next three to five years. Serve between 16 and 18 °C, depending on the season, after a 30 minute stay in a carafe. Will resonate magnificently with black olives and black pepper pasta, as well as with a leg of lamb seasoned with thyme.
Origin / Terroir / Vinification
Originates mainly from the hillsides of the Vinsobres AOC, but a small proportion of the lots used originate from the non-AOC bordering zones. The Domaine Jaume, in Vinsobres, practices ultra-sustainable viticulture. For this wine, I made a decision to avoid cask aging, because I wanted to let the freshness of the terroir — the northernmost of the South — and of the syrah shine through, that varietal being complemented with grenache and mourvèdre. I wanted to avoid obfuscating the typicality of those argillocalcareous hillsides, of the fresher climate and of the varietals used in this blend, especially the beautiful syrah and its effluvia of black olives and star anise, hence the Olivier d’Anis
– BLACK OLIVES PASTA
– BLACK OLIVE POMADE BRUSCHETTA
– BLACK OLIVES, ONION AND ANCHOVY PISSALADIÈRE
– BLACK OLIVES PIZZA
– BLACK OLIVES STUFFED LEG OF LAMB
– SMOKED MEAT SANDWICH
– THYME RACK OF LAMB
– ROASTED ROOT VEGETABLES WITH STAR ANISE
– LAMB MOUSSAKA
– TARRAGON POT-AU-FEU
– TARRAGON CHICKEN
– TURNIP AND CARAWAY SOUP
– BRAISED FENNEL BULB WITH ANISE
Don’t forget the 800+ recipes in the 4 volumes of the Papilles pour tous! recipes collection, where you’ll find many recipes on the same aromatic path as this red wine from the Rhône valley. Stay tuned for more recipes created specifically for this wine on this Website in the coming weeks.