Grignan-Les-Adhémar: 'Le Grand Dèves' 2018
This mid-weight, easy drinking blend of Syrah and Grenache is an honest, crowd-pleasing drop for up-market everyday drinking, so it's just the kind of wine to have to hand when the rest of the rugby team decide to stay for supper!
The 'Grand Dèves' Grignan-Les-Adhémar wine from the commendable Vignerons Ardéchois collective in Ruoms is a textbook example of its kind with an appealing bouquet of garrigue berries with hints of black pepper and a supple, spicy palate of dark fruit over ripe tannins.
We've just about become accustomed to 'Grignan-Les-Adhémar', the new moniker that the 'vignerons' of Tricastin imposed upon themselves, mentally if not physically, to distance themselves from France's most infamous nuclear power plant. The Grignan-Les-Adhémar wines are as good as Tricastin nonetheless and they remain great value to boot. The main focus here is on earthy sun-kissed reds that drink well on their youthful fruit and make a great foil for simple rustic dishes such as 'cassoulet' or 'poule au pot'.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Grignan-Les-Adhémar|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Grenache Noir, Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Casserole|
|Cellarage||Drink within 2-3 years of vintage.|
|Vinification||The grapes are picked at optimum ripeness and the Syrah and Grenache are vinified separately in order to gain the maximum potential from each grape variety. The grape juice is then blended and the wine goes through the process of malolactic fermentation (the conversion of harsh malic acids into softer lactic acids) before being fined, filtered and bottles.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||12|
The Vignerons Ardéchois Cave Co-opérative (also known as U.V.I.C.A - Union des Vignerons des Coteaux de l'Ardèche) has its roots in the late 1960s when the Presidents of 7 major Cave Co-opératives agreed a unified policy of modernisation, re-planting and marketing. Based in the town of Ruoms, 20 kilometres south of Aubenas this forward-thinking, modernist collective has done much to revive the fortunes of this ancient vine-area, which dates back to Roman times. Today the Vignerons Ardéchois co-operative represents some 2000 grape growers from 21 different smaller co-operatives. U.V.I.C.A is a terrific source of keenly-priced, well made single variety wines and accessible, fruit-driven blends.
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