This is certainly one of those fun party wines that I was alluding to in the intro, and I’ve yet to have a guest turn up their nose at it. This Côtes du Rhone is 100% Grenache, and it sings with soft, juicy ripe fruit.
A classic pairing for Grenache is lamb, they are simply made for each other. With the wine I chose below, I knew that I needed to go with a braise to counteract the ripe fruits, and so I chose Lamb Shanks Braised in Red Wine. You can’t go wrong with this pairing.
2010 Michel Gassier Côtes du Rhone Villages Visan Cercius - The nose showed ripe mixed berries, sweet spicy cookie and chalky minerals. On the palate, it was soft like velvet yet juicy. It balanced its 14.5% alcohol very well, as blackberry jam and violet candies massaged the senses. The finish was long and enjoyable with ripe berries and herbs.