Case of the Month – A richly fruited, spice packed red from France’s Southern Rhone for less than $10! This is a wine that I knew I was going to buy and get behind right when I smelled it. It literally smells like Southern France, and I love that smell — Provencal herbs (lavender, thyme, marjoram), sun baked earth, and ripe berries burst out of the glass. Even better, the palate is not too heavy but not too light, with just the right amount of fruit backed by just the right amount of savoriness. The tannin is soft, the acidity is there but not aggressive, and the it offers up just enough earthy nuance to make it interesting but not weird. Sound good? We bought the last 8 cases from our distributor and the Chateau Teulon Costieres de Nimes Rouge is our first Case of the Month offering of 2016.
2014 Chateau Teulon Costieres de Nimes Rouge – On sale through Tuesday, Febraury 16th
Regular Price: $11.99/bottle
Sale Price: $9.49/bottle on solid cases (over 20% off) or $9.99/bottle on solid 6-packs (over 15% off)
Although Chateau Teulon’s wines are relatively new to the United States and Table Wine, they are not a new estate. The family has actually farmed vineyards in the village of Saint Gilles, just south of Nimes, since 1703. The southernmost part of the Rhone Valley, this area enjoys a Mediterranean climate perfectly suited to the cultivation of the classic Rhone varietals. The young Phillipe Teulon is the current head of the estate, and he definitely has an intimate knowledge of his family’s vineyards and the overall terroir of the region.
Phillipe’s red wine is a blend of 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre from older vines grown in the rocky, sandy soils of the region. In case you didn’t know, the vineyards of Costieres de Nimes are quite similar to those found further east in Chateauneuf du Pape. Along with cultivating similar varietals, these vineyards are composed of rocky, sandy, well drained soils that stress the vines and lead to more intense and mineralic flavors.
Phillipe ferments his wine entirely in tank to preserve freshness and purity, but trust me, this is no shy wine. Medium to full bodied and packed with ripe aromas and flavors of dark cherry, blueberry and plum, the wine finishes with that classic white pepper, herbal, mineral nuance that Southern French wines are famous for.
So there you go, a flavor packed, organically produced red wine perfect for cold nights for less than ten bucks! Stop by this Saturday, January 23rd any time between 2-5 p.m. to try it for free. Otherwise, just stop by the store and pick some up or email me at email@example.com and I’ll be glad to set your order aside until you can get by to pick it up.