Le Charmel Syrah-Grenache Rhone Valley

89 Points

Best Buy!

For the suggested price of $12, this delivers plenty of richness and flavor. Plum and briary blackberry aromas lead the way, followed by a medium- to full-bodied, slightly creamy palate that offers dark fruit tinged with a hint of brown sugar.
Wine Enthusiast

87 points

The friendly raspberry and boysenberry fruit is layered with a red licorice note, revealing a fruitcake echo on the finish. A touch jammy, but will have some fans for sure. Wine Spectator

Syrah-Grenache

Costieres de Nimes, Rhône Valley, France

“Le Charmel” refers to the father-son partnership of Charlie and Mel Master that produced this wine.

Varietals

70% Syrah · 30% Grenache

Origin/Location

Our Syrah-Grenache comes from a superb vineyard in the Costieres de Nimes which is located in the South of the Rhône Valley, on the right (West) bank of the river. The soil is primarily made of clay and limestone which contributes to great concentration. It is covered with pebbles and stones (similar to Chateauneuf du Pape) which accumulate the heat during the day and deliver it back overnight, which further increases the grape maturity. Our vineyards are grown sustainably, respecting the natural elements. Only limited fertilizers are allowed.

Winemaking

This Rhône wine is a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache. Most Southern Rhône wines are usually dominated by a majority of Grenache. The richer Syrah proportion ensures a deeper colour, a great ageing potential and an elegant flowery fragrance. The Grenache gives smoothness, extra fruit richness and spiciness to the wine. The grapes are destemmed, and then vinified separately. They undergo a cold maceration prior to the actual fermentation, to extract deep color and intense pure fruit. Fermentation lasts 2 to 3 weeks under a controlled temperature. The wine is aged for six months in concrete tanks prior to bottling. Alcohol: 13.5%

Tasting Notes + Food Paring

Our Rhône wine is a beautiful wine with generous aromas of blackberries, chocolate and spice. On the palate, it is remarkably smooth and long with a rich finish. The wine is perfect with beef, lamb and chicken and pasta dishes as well as firmer and strong cheeses.

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