Posted on 15th September 2017 by JN Wine
Also known as Garnacha in Spain (where it likely originated), Grenache is found in Rioja Blends and the ever popular Rosado wines from Spain, as well as the value driven, yet high quality reds from the Languedoc-Roussillon in Southern France. Most famously, and justifiably so, are the Grenache based wines from CNDP and the surrounding villages.
Grenache-based reds from the Southern Rhone Valley provide so much enjoyment. They can be enjoyed relatively young, but can also be cellared in the case of good producers. They offer soft, berry-spice flavours, but can also be rich and full bodied, tannic and full of structure and in many circumstances, can provide an affordable luxury in the expensive world of fine French wine, especially when compared to fine Burgundy and top-flight Bordeaux. So drink Grenache, we’re sure you’ll love it!
Here are some of our favourites;
Domaine Gayda Cepage Grenache 2015 – This fruity generous Grenache displays an explosive red fruit profile with moderate grippy tannins surprising acidity and an elegance with impressive longevity on the finish. This is a serious Grenache at a very affordable tarrif with a purity of fruit and concentration.
Le Pigeoulet des Brunier 2015 – 80% Grenache, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cinsault, 5% Syrah. From the Brunier stable (of Vieux Telegraphe fame) from vineyards in Vaucluse. Rich, full and spicy with fresh acidity and a complex finish.
Massaya Terrasses De Baalbeck 2012 – a complex blend of Grenache Noir, Mourvedre and Syrah. All grapes are sourced from terraced vineyards, overlooking the Roman town of Baalbeck. 91 Points from Mike Desimone, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2016.
Vignobles Brunier Telegramme Chateauneuf du Pape 2014Vieux Télégraphe’s second-label Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Seriously dominated by Grenache which confers very singular suppleness and roundness. Best savoured young. 88 Points from Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, Oct 2016.
Domaine du Grapillon d’Or Gigondas 2014 – 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. 88-91 points from Jeb Dunnuck, (Wine Advocate, Mar 2016), This wine is perfect with leg of lamb, beef with wine sauce, roasted pigeon, game and cheese.
Domaine Gayda Flying Solo Grenache Cinsault Rose 2016 – 50% Grenache, 50% Cinsault.. An aromatic, fruit driven wine with red summer fruit notes on the nose. Pale colour with aromas of strawberries and cream. Summer fruits, fresh lively style with crisp acidity, creaminess and a well-balanced finish.
We hope this selection will give a taste of Grenache and the number of options available.