2014 Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône Vaison la Romaine
Region: France, Rhône
Grape Varieties: Grenache
Dry, med-bodied red; currants, smoke | Beef offcuts, braised to tenderness
From a vineyard high up on the Ventoux plateau, the Vaison la Romaine is Grenache as it would have been made in the 1960s; we joke that it’s a wine “by farmers, for farmers”. Strawberry and white pepper provide a bright gloss on top of earthier flavours, and the acidity (from the limestone soils) keeps the wine fresh and clean-tasting. Dangerously easy to drink in large quantities, it’s delicious with a good charcuterie platter, and ages well for at least five years.
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