Its recent elevation to cru status (alongside Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas) has “propelled Rasteau reds into the big leagues,” says Decanter. This small corner of the southern Rhône, perched on a small, south-facing hill, is home to full-flavored, Grenache-heavy reds – and we can’t wait until you taste this one.
It hails from Domaine Martin, a small, family-owned operation (since 1905!), now run by fifth-generation brothers David and Eric Martin. Their old vines yield only a small amount of grapes, but since 2015 is being hailed as a particularly fantastic year in the southern Rhône, the grapes they did yield ripened to perfection.
It’s a classic Rhône blend of Grenache (65%), Syrah (25%) and Mourvèdre (15%). Eight months in barrel adds subtle spice notes to the ripe dark berry flavors. Judges at the Concours des Vins d’Orange were so impressed, they gave it a gold medal – we’d like to know what you think, too.
Few cases imported – first come, first served.