Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre Blend * 150cl * 13.5% ABV * Côtes du Rhône, France
From a vineyard immediately bordering the area of Châteauneuf-du-Pape's appellation, between the communes of Orange and Châteauneuf-du-Pape (all that separates this field and Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a main road). Significantly it has the same Galet stones (large round potato-sized pebbles) that give Châteauneuf its unique character as they absorb sunlight during the day and release heat at night bringing on the ripening of the grapes.
M and Mme Bernard, who own Beauchene, are the most charming of winemakers and in fact the Bernard family have lived in and around the town of Orange since the 17th century. They believe in "agriculture raisonnee", a philosophy of production that guarantees a top quality product whilst at the same time ensuring a better respect of the environment, through the use of traditional techniques; horse ploughing, hand harvesting and hand sorting by each grape-picker.
The wine in these magnificent magnums is deep ruby in colour with aromas of ripe red fruits and bilberries which continue as red fruit flavours on the palate that develop to hints of raspberries and blackcurrant. This vintage was a particularly good one in the Rhône Valley and this wine will keep for up to 10 years, so buy one of these beauties now and enjoy in the next few years!