Roussillon wines spread good cheer.

 


France's Roussillon region is south of Languedoc, and north of Spain. A large swath of its southeastern points border the Mediterranean Sea. The Pyrénées mountains separate France and Spain to create Roussillon’s legendary “amphitheater” bordered in the north by the Corbières Hills. During daylight hours, this naturally-occurring formation concentrates near-constant sunshine in Roussillon's grapes. Diurnal shifts guarantee sufficient cooling in the evening and overnight.

Over time, tectonic movements have shuffled Roussillon’s underground beds of sediment to create an eclectic array of terroirs which carry through every Roussillon wine. You will taste the composition of compact limestone, clay, silt, marl, schist and more, mixed among the pebbles and rocks, whirring beneath ripe, sun-drenched fruits. The following wines, available for sale here, demonstrate the region's capacity for distinct minerality across a mosaic of terroirs in various sub-regions. The pack also showcases the expertise of the region's winemakers; each blend is unique. Read on to learn more.

M. Chapoutier Côtes du Roussillon Les Vignes de Bila-Haut White 2016

This is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, and Macabeu grown on limestone and clay soils. The flesh-fruit flavors are round and full. Pair with Juicy Roast Turkey.

Domaine Lafage IGP Côtes Catalanes Côte Est 2016

This is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Chardonnay, and Roussanne from vineyards planted on Mediterranean Sea-facing slopes. The three grapes commingle to produce generous citrus fruit aromas and bright acidity. Pair with Butternut Squash Gratin with Goat Cheese and Hazelnuts.

Gerard Bertrand AOP Côtes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel Grand Terroir 2015

This is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. 'Tautavel' is a village in the Roussillon region located between the Pyrenees mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Ripe red fruit flavors are underpinned by bright brown spices. Pair with Mushroom and Parmigiano Bruschetta.

Domaine La Tour Vieille AOP Collioure Rouge La Pinede 2016

This is a natural wine in the truest sense. The wine was fermented using wild yeasts. The age of the vines (Grenache Noir, Carignan, Syrah and Mourvèdre) ranges between thirty-five and seventy years old. Black cherry dances with black olive on the palate accompanied by an undercurrent of vanilla. Pair with Holiday Pork Chops.

Calmel & Joseph AOP Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2013

Schist, sandstone, and clay limestone soils draw out new characteristics from this blend. The accolades for this wine are noteworthy: It received 16.5 points from Jancis Robinson and 90 points from Robert Parker. Dried, candied and thick jammy fruits dominate the palate. Pair with Baked Ham with Cherry Pomegranate Glaze.

Mas Janeil AOP Côtes du Roussillon Villages le Petit Pas 2014

The blend of Grenache Noir, Syrah and Carignan is deepened with a dash Mourvèdre. The fruit flavors are darkened with hints of smoke and licorice. Pair with Pepper-Crusted Flank Steak.

 

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