Source : Southern Rhone, France
This just-arrived bottle stands uncorked on my desk and I've greedily poured more than the usual amount for an assessment. After all, this is one of the very first Rhone wines I remember having back in the mid-90's. Of course, the crazy-looking bottle is a great mnemonic device!
The wine's color is a fairly dark maroon. For the nose dark descriptors are also referenced: Black leather, licorice, bittersweet chocolate, morello cherries. The place-correct dried herbes also make a welcome appearance. 2015's classicism is verified by the palate. Heft is balanced by lift. This wine is flavorfully lithe. Hoped-for, not-always-achieved sensations of good and durable Chateauneuf indulge and excite the mouth.
The distinctively-packaged La Gardine dropped of our radar years ago but has finally resurfaced with great timing: It's the terrific 2015 vintage! Very little comes to the United States but we've accessed a bit. Grab yours now!