2015 Domaine de Sulauze “Jambonnette” Vin de France, Provence, France.
Made mostly for the annual farm pig roast the Domaine de Sulauze Vin de France Rouge Jambonnette is non conforming to the rules blend of estate grapes, all organic and with no sulfur added, it’s a special cuvee of 50% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s pressed after a 3 week maceration and racked to cask then aged for 9 months in old wood barrels, before bottling, it makes for a full bodied and juicy country red that delivers ripe and earthy fruit, with rustic charm, a touch of stems? and mild tannins, it’s meant to be drunk young and fresh, great for Fall and of course pork dishes. The no sulfur added Jambonnette 2015 is vibrant still and openly earthy with hints of truffle, bacon fat and saddle leather to go with a bit of (stemmy) herbal notes (sage and anise) adding savory tones to the fruit core found here, the main profile is plummy with macerated cherry, strawberry, racy red currants and vine picked berries adding touches of mineral, chalky stones and sandalwood. Best to enjoy this intriguing red with robust cuisine as to hide some of the rougher edges, but honestly I love the vigor and unique quality here, Domaine de Sulauze is a wonderful all organic estate in Provence and Karina and Guillaume Lefevre are proving to be a force to be reckoned with in the region.
($18 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

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