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Simian Atout Rouge 2021 NV 750ml


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Red Blend
Rhône Valley
Raw Materials:
Syrah, Caladoc, Merlot, Alicante
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Something for the wine geeks among us: besides the globally-known Syrah and Merlot, this red wine also sports two lesser-known Mediterannean grapes, the Alicante Bouschet that brings a lot of color to the blend (such grapes are called tenturier in French), and the Caladoc, a relatively new cross of Grenache and Malbec. It was crossbred by researcher Paul Truel in Montpellier in 1958 and, despite being authorized for use in most French winegrowing regions, it remains rather rare and unknown. However, the surface planted with it in France increased more than 5-fold between 1998 and 2018 (from 944 to 5066 hectares), probably due to its drought- and disease-resistant qualities that allow for significantly fewer treatments during the growing season. Moreover, it gives wines with deep color, pleasant body and interesting tannins that are present yet supple and smooth – the ideal combination for an easy-drinking red wine!

Grapes: Syrah, Caladoc, Merlot, Alicante

Vineyard: clay, limestone, silt. 9-hectare site close to the winery in Piolenc, certified organic and biodynamic.

Making of: The grapes are harvested in the early morning, destemmed and lightly punched down by hand for 3 to 4 days at a temperature between 22 and 26 degrees centigrade, then lightly pressed and the wine is fermented in concrete. Kept at low temperature in stainless steel for a few months over winter prior to light filtration and then bottled.

Personality: Intense, lively, convivial. Spices up your gathering with a congenial mix of cherry, licorice, and white pepper. Silky smooth with pleasant fruit, a highly sociable accompaniment to all kinds of aperitivo, cold cuts and barbecues…