Château de la Selve is a 13th century fortified house that sits on the ancient border between the Roman Empire and the Kingdom of France. Now in the hands of descendants of the Delas wine dynasty, with Benoit Chazallon at the helm, what was once a playland for the upper crust is now decidedly vineyard land, with 40 hectares now in production. "Petite Selve" is the workhorse blend of the estate, made of roughly equal parts cinsault and grenache, with a percentage of syrah in some vintages. Benoit obtained organic certification in 2008 and has committed to full biodynamic viticulture. Juicy and rich with a fine acidic balance, this is what Côtes du Rhône should taste like, but rarely does.