I have to admit I can be rather partial to French wines made from 100% Grenache. I love the old Chateau Rayas style where alcohol and oak were not important, the style was all about purity and finesse. No doubt it is the similarity to Burgundy that gets me in.
Domaine Rouge-Bleu make a 100% Grenache wine named Lunatique. The name refers more the the lunar cycles that determine the farming and winemaking practices than a crazy wine made by a person of unsound mind (which winemaker Jean-Marc Espinasse is not).
Lunatique comes from the southern Rhone but the vineyard is located outside the AOC limits so is technically a Vin de Table.
Jean-Marc Espinasse says "The story and the name of this wine come from this tiny rocky block located inside a prehistoric river bed. This parcel is the last harvested and definitely the most qualitative even if located officially in an "Vin de Table" area. The "lunar" soil in which our dear old vines are planted, is only composed of bleached pebbles and our farming-winemaking methods linked to moon influence are also explaining this "Lunatique" name.
"Winemaking takes place in small porous concrete tanks in order to respect "terroir" diversity and allow air exchange during the fermentation, eventually permitting life and expressions of aromas. Our mature stems have been treasured in order to aerate naturally the must during the winemaking, bringing sediments and natural acidity to balance alcohol and tannins."
Domaine Rouge-Bleu "Lunatique" 2010
Wine Spectator: This sports lots of juicy, mouthfilling pepper, tobacco leaf, roasted chestnut and singed mesquite notes, backed by a solid core of tar, blackberry paste and steeped black currant. A nice juniper edge flashes on the finish. There's lots of character here, and it should stretch out with some cellaring, too. Drink now through 2018. 100 cases made. 91 Points
$65.00 a bottle
$715.00 a Case of 12 Bottles
I always feel this wine has something in common with serious Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the old style. Try it, I think you will be impressed! It would also make an amusing Christmas gift. To view and order the wine online click here.
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