2019 Grands Bois CdR-Villages “Philippine”

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Marc Besnardeau was a hip Parisian sommelier before he married Mireille Farjon and moved together to the southern Rhone Valley to make wine on her family’s land. Their 10 hectare estate is tucked in the hills just outside the village of Cairanne, with tiny parcels scattered across the neighboring hills. Marc makes wine with the same mindset with which he selected them for a menu: using minimal intervention and maximum attention to each cuvée’s terroir-specific personality. This wine, from vineyards in the village of Saint-Cecile, is a classic example of the warmth of southern Rhone grenache-based blends. Its elevated proportion of syrah (40%) amplifies the pepper and exotic spice on the palate, allowing for further culinary versatility. Farro with beans and sausage would be a nice play here.

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