As I am always on the hunt for a new Grenache, I excitedly picked up a bottle of 2011 Les Vigneaux Grenache while I was perusing the aisles of a local wine shop. Les Vigneaux is an organically farmed winery in the French village of Ardèche. Their minimalist wine making philosophies have produced a unique wine that has a really nice sense of place. The 2011 Grenache is made with native yeasts, unfined, unfiltered, and has 13.5% alcohol.
Musty aromas of earth and anise come from the glass. The palate is surprisingly complex for the price. There are notes of licorice, forest floor, red fruit, and plenty of acidity. A really enjoyable Grenache that drinks like it costs far more than $15 a bottle!
My Wine Rating – A-
Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with braised lamb, chicken with roasted carrots and potatoes, or grilled duck breast.