Les Halos de Jupiter, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010,
Créé par un producteur entreprenant (Michel Gassier, Château de Nages) et le surdoué œnologue rhodanien Philippe Cambie, un vin complet et brillamment ambitieux.
CE VIN N’EST PLUS DISPONIBLE, et SON PRIX EST AUTOUR de 45 EUROS
Release Price: $26
Region: Southern Rhône
Issue: Web Only – 2013
A solid, grippy style, with muscular black currant, fig and blackberry fruit at the core, supported by tobacco, tar and melted black licorice notes. Shows decent heft, but remains cut through the finish. Best from 2014 through 2019. 550 cases made. –JM
His Vacqueyras is a blend of 83 percent Grenache old vines and 17 percent Syrah from 35-year-old vines. With its intensely inky color, lush body and notes of wild herbs, deep dark fruit and spice, the 2009 shows why Vacqueyras can be such a beguiling wine ― a close relative of Chateauneuf and Gigondas, which he also makes.
Cambie doesn’t make much of the Vacqueyras, but right now some of it can be found at local wine shops. I’d grab a bottle and take it to any picnic or barbecue. Lay in some charcuterie or salumi, a few cheeses, and it’s an impromptu feast. Have it with burgers, with grilled ribs or a chicken fricassee with sweet peppers and tomatoes.
● Price: About $25
● Style: Lush and full-bodied
● What it goes with: Charcuterie, cheese, barbecue, burgers, chicken fricassee