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  1. DOMAINE GRAMENON 2018 COTES DU RHONE L'ELEMENTAIRE

    Item #: i_353055
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC

    Domaine Gramenon gives us a red from 45-year-old vines, 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah, grown with biodynamic methods. The clay-sandy soil is rich in sand and pebbles. After a 15-day fermentation in cement tanks on partially de-stemmed bunches. It matures 8 months between barrels and cement. To taste immediately or in the next 6 years.
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  2. DOMAINE LAFAGE 2017 CUVEE NICOLAS GRENACHE

    Item #: i_345881
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 91-93
    Jean Marc Lafage is unquestionably one of the best value producers in France, if not the world. By now, you are probably well aware of his Syrah/Grenache blend Bastide Miraflors which has been a customer favorite and one of our top wines for the past several years. He is also responsible for the amazingly affordable and delicious Novellum Chardonnay and best-selling Miraflors Rose.

    His Cuvee Nicolas Grenache is made in the same easy-drinking, fruit- forward style we love. It boasts expressive aromatics and freshness, making you want to take another sip. The Wine Advocate's Joe Czerwinski rated this wine 91-93 Points, calling it a wine which is "rich, deep and velvety in texture" and "should be a similarly rocking value once it's released."

    Jeb Dunnuck writes, "When it comes to quality-to-price ratios, no one does it better than proprietor Jean Marc Lafage. Located just outside of Perpignan, this estate has a wealth of old vines and vineyards to pull from, and the addition of a massive new winery is only going to give them even more control.

    While it's easy to write off these value-priced releases as fruit bombs, please taste the wines! They have beautiful purity of fruit, impeccable balance and each release has their own unique character. At this price, this is an absolute no-brainer."

    Buy it by the case and drink it over the coming 2-3 years.

    WINE ADVOCATE 91-93 POINTS - "It was exciting to see that the 2017 Nicolas, all old-vine Grenache from three terroirs, was showing more red fruit and freshness than the 2016. It's still rich, deep and velvety in texture, but it's livelier and should be a similarly rocking value once it's released."
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  3. FONT DU LOUP 2016 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE PUY ROLLAND 100% GRENACHE 100 YEAR OLD VINES

    Item #: i_334089
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 95
    WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "Half of this all-Grenache cuvée matures in foudre, while the other half stays in concrete. The result is just over 1,000 cases of the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape le Puy Rolland—the best Font du Loup I've ever tasted. Pine and rosemary notes accent cherries and red berries, while hints of black tea, orange zest and rose petals appear on the silky finish. This is full-bodied but nearly weightless, with silky tannins on the finish."
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