The sunny region of Roussillon is now "home to some of France’s most exciting reds,” writes The Oxford Companion to Wine. We couldn't' agree more, and can't wait for you to try this new Gilbert & Gaillard gold medalist from a boutique cellar in premium Lesquerde (the smallest apellation in southern France).
Côtes du Roussillon Villages is a designation of quality, carried only by the region’s finest reds, which come from the Roussillon’s hillier section in the northwest of the district. The tiny village Lesquerde (population: 146) is one of only four villages whose wines are so highly regarded, they’re allowed to append their name to the label – further assurance of the quality you can expect in the glass.
The vineyards sit nearly 1,000 feet up on a granite plateau encircled by mountains, and are known for producing top-quality fruit. Crafted from a classic blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan – harvested bunch by bunch and plot by plot – Closerie de l'Arène is unoaked, allowing all the sun-soaked, red-fruit characters to shine through in the glass. Decant into a jug or pitcher an hour before serving to reveal its expressive aromas of ripe berry, pepper and trademark wild herbs. It will be extra delicious with roasted red meats.
This gold-medal winner is a fantastic value from southern France. Order now to ensure your share.