This Rhone wine comes from the appellation called Costieres De Nimes, an area known for its soil comprised of nice round pebbles. When I first swirled this on after pouring I said, “Grenache,” “Syrah” and “something?” Sure enough this blend form the southern east bottom of France is made from 25% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and the “something” I couldn’t tag was Carignane which is half the wine’s volume.
It has a “Grenache” nose of light fruit and a hint of strawberries which reminds me of the Gamay grape. It is quite dry, straightforward and pleasantly fruity. Like so many of the wines of the Languedoc-Rousillon, this is well made and a solid value. I found it at the Freeport Wine and Cheese Shop in Freeport, Maine.
This would be a fine wine to put a bit of a chill on, throw it in a basket with some fresh bread and a lump of good cheese; find a nice scenic spot, throw down a blanket and revel in life. Raise a glass!