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FALL 2018

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76 | MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS V ISIT u S AT MORRELLWINE .c OM cALL 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) R H o N e O N TH e Ve RG e OF Redi SCOV e RY a cross from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, on the low hills along the right bank of the Rhône river, we find the A o C of l irac, a village whose wine-growing history predates the Romans and was instrumental in the creation of the Cotes du Rhone designation. However, as misfortune would have it, l irac is thought to be the origin of phylloxera in e urope–sealing its fate for decades to come. However, today, l irac may be the next village of the Southern Rhone to receive serious attention from international markets and many of the region's top producers, with a remarkable terroir that cannot be denied. o ne such interested producer was Roger Sabon. Composed of 70% Grenache, with a mix of Syrah, m ouvèdre and Carignan, all grown in hillside soils of small pebbles and clay, the l irac by Sabon is far from a simple Cotes du Rhone. After a lengthy maceration, Roger Sabon's l irac is refined in casks and demi- muids. The result is a wine that over-delivers in every possible way, speaking volumes of the prestige of these hills and the producer behind the wine. ✦ Roger Sabon Lirac 2016 W a 91 » $30 "Somehow Roger Sabon has captured joy in the bottle… ending with softly dusty tannins that lend a welcome savory edge." Joe Czerwinski (1417090) Gi GON da S : d e ST i N ed F OR G R ea TN e SS J ust as Châteauneuf du Pape had a tremendous vintage in 2015, so did Gigondas. The best part is, in Gigondas, all the power and nerve of the vintage was offset by Grenache with lift, elegance and mineral-infused dark fruits. Allow us to introduce one of the village's top producers, Domaine Gour de Chaulé. Domaine Gour de Chaulé was created over a century ago but spent much of that time selling their wine to the top producers of the Rhone. It was only 35 years ago that the decision was made to estate-bottle. With hand-tended and harvested fruit from estate-owned plots within the top crus of the region, they produce their one Gigondas, the Tradition. This blend of Grenache, Syrah and m ourvedre comes from vines planted over 60 years ago. The fruit is crushed and fermented with stems intact and ages in large neutral oak foudres for 18 months. This recipe for success creates an intensely aromatic wine of incredible depth and regal structure that can be enjoyed now or over the course of the next two decades. ✦ d omaine Gour de Chaulé Gigondas Tradition 2015 VM 92–94 » $35 "...A heady bouquet...Deeply concentrated yet energetic .. Shows excellent clarity and mineral cut on a sweet, seamless finish shaped by smooth tannins." Josh Raynolds (1470294)

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