Rustic, Old-World Red Is From The South Of France
Of all the wines I had during 2015, the one I liked the best was a French wine, Domaine Grossett.
It was a 2008 Brotte. A dark red, it had a rustic, old-world taste to it. This is not one for lovers of light reds, it’s one for those who like a wine that makes a statement.
Yet it also proved to be smooth; it went down faster than the cars circle the track at LeMans.
Here’s a little about the winery from its website:
“Situated in the village of Cairanne, Domaine Grosset belongs to Alain Grosset, Laurent Brotte’s father-in-law. The Grosset family has always been very active in the life of the village, especially in the development of its AOC. Domaine Grosset, just below the old town, covers 10ha and has Grenache vines of up to 100 years in age.
“The vineyard consists of two different types of soil: red earth on sandstone and terraces of white clay and sandy molasses. The warm, dry Mediterranean climate is perfect for the 10ha of land we vinify.”
Cairanne is located in the south of France, not too far up from the coast of Marseillle. I was not in Cairanne when I had the wine; rather I was in Los Angeles at a Tourism France press event where it was served.
Here’s a link to the wine from the winery: Domaine Grossett wine
Now, I suppose, you are wondering what other wines I had this year that I liked, as well as ones that I did not like.
Well, this is the shortcoming in the article, for I cannot tell you. I did not keep track of it the way I do, say, Jimmy Buffett’s concert schedule.
I can tell you that I had several good ones on the Carmel Wine Walk in Carmel, CA, while in Monterey, great Swiss wines at Tourism Switzerland press events in Los Angeles, at bars and restaurants, at house parties and even when people would bring over a bottle to sit and watch the sunset here in Hermosa Beach, CA.
Maybe one of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2016 will be to keep track of the good (and bad) wines I’ve had throughout the year.