Its recent elevation to cru status (alongside Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas) has “propelled Rasteau reds into the big leagues,” says Decanter. This small corner of the southern Rhône, perched on a small, south-facing hill, is home to full-flavored, Grenache-heavy reds – and we can’t wait until you taste this one.
It hails from Domaine Martin, a small, family-owned operation (since 1905!), now run by fifth-generation brothers David and Eric Martin. Their old vines yield only a small amount of grapes, but since 2015 is being hailed as a particularly fantastic year in the southern Rhône, the grapes they did yield ripened to perfection.
It’s a classic Rhône blend of Grenache (65%), Syrah (25%) and Mourvèdre (15%). Eight months in barrel adds subtle spice notes to the ripe dark berry flavors. Judges at the Concours des Vins d’Orange were so impressed, they gave it a gold medal – we’d like to know what you think, too.
Few cases imported – first come, first served.
Missa Capozzo, Boston Wine School Educator, WSET3, FWS
This Grenache based Rhone blend provides the drinker with all of the luscious deep fruit flavors one would expect, with a subtle note of spice to round out this lively balance of tannins and acidity. Heavenly with a square of dark chocolate!