The mistral is a strong, cold and usually dry regional wind in France, coming from the north or northwest, which accelerates when it passes through the valleys of the Rhone and the Durance Rivers to the coast of the Mediterranean around the Camargue region. The mistral is usually accompanied by clear and fresh weather, and it plays an important role in creating the climate of Provence. It can reach speeds of more than ninety kilometers an hour, particularly in the Rhone Valley. Its average speed during the day can reach about fifty kilometers an hour, calming noticeably at night. The mistral is a regional wind, which usually blows during the winter and spring, though it occurs in all seasons. It sometimes lasts only one or two days, frequently lasts several days, and can last more than a week.
I can understand why Jean-Marc chose Mistral as the name for this cuvee. Made from 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 3% Mouvedre and 2% Rousanne it is an interesting and powerful blend. With the exception of the Syrah, the vines are 75 years old. 25% of the wines is aged in barrels of 3-5 years to add structure. The 2010 version of this wine is fresh and vibrant with the minerality of a great vintage.
The 2010 Mistral rivals many Chateauneuf-du-Papes yet is a third of their price.
Bold and toasted, with espresso and baker's chocolate notes up front, followed by gutsy blackberry cobbler and blueberry paste flavors. A good, rugged feel through the finish lends character. For fans of the style. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Roussanne. Drink now through 2013. 1,000 cases made.