“… 2015 is a beautiful vintage for Southern Rhône lovers that will be a treasure trove for the actual wine drinkers out there.”
– The Wine Advocate
And who better to give you a taste of this fantastic vintage than a small, family-run (and quality-obsessed!) estate.
Domaine Saint-Michel, in the village of Visan (a cooler, higher-elevation district) is a 900-year-old fortified farmhouse, once run by the Knights Templar before the French Revolution. Grapes have been grown here for centuries – and today, owners Stéphanie and Vincent Boyer are happily carrying on that tradition. They take serious pride in their land, organically farming their 50-year-old vines, carefully hand harvesting the grapes and crafting their wines in small batches. Over the years, they’ve earned quite the list of acclaim from top critics like Wine Enthusiast and Le Guide Hachette.
The Wine Advocate’s Jeb Dunnuck raved about the estate’s regular 2015, calling it “charming and incredibly well balanced.” You can expect more of the same delicious appeal from this exclusive, made to a classic Rhône recipe: Grenache (50%), Syrah (30%) and Carignan (20%). Thanks to Visan’s trademark coolness, which prevents grapes from over-ripening, this is a truly elegant wine with vibrant aromas and flavors of red berry, blackberry and cherry, plus hints of garrigue (wild herbs) and black pepper, all supported by supple tannins and a lingering, complex, bramble-packed finish.
This level of quality at this price point (sub-$15!) is seriously rare – and we only have so many cases to go ’round. You know what you need to do.