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Les Darons Languedoc Red 2015 750ML

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Jeff Carrel is the Languedoc’s self-proclaimed “eclectic winemaker,” who owns neither a winery nor any vineyards, but crafts some of the best, and most interesting wines in Southern France. His Les Darons 2015 cuvee (Grenache, Syrah, Carignan) is sourced from estate vineyards at Chateau Arcades, and scored a whopping 91-93 points from The Wine Advocate. He calls the wine “Les Darons,” a slang term for father or papa, and as the vineyards at Arcades are 40+ years old, the name seems fitting for this patriarchal wine. Eclectic or not, Carrel makes fabulous wine, and the 2015 Darons is a smooth, robust, pure expression of the Languedoc. This is a definite case buy!

Rating
“This medium to full-bodied, plump, rounded, downright sexy 2015 has lots of blueberry, violets, and jammy black cherry aromas and flavors; it has terrific purity of fruit, good acidity and an overriding sense of elegance. If it came from a more prestigious appellation in the southern Rhone, it would go for three times the price.” The Wine Advocate, 91-93 Points

Wine maker notes
Jeff Carrel is a freelance winemaker. He doesn’t own vineyards or a winery. His overhead is essentially nil. He buys grapes from vineyards he respects, where careful attention has been paid to the soil and the fruit, and he borrows winery space and equipment to produce his wines. It’s an unusual model, but it works. The wines are impressive and generously priced…Like $10.99 for possibly 93 points!

Technical notes
Alcohol: 13.5%
The history of French wine, spans a period of at least 2600 years dating to the founding of Massalia in the 6th century BC by Phocaeans with the possibility that viticulture existed much earlier. The Romans did much to spread viticulture across the land they knew as Gaul, encouraging the planting of vines in areas that would become the well known wine regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne, Languedoc, Loire Valley and the Rhone.

Over the course of its history, the French wine industry would be influenced and driven by the commercial interests of the lucrative English market and Dutch traders. Prior to the French Revolution, the Catholic Church was one of France’s largest vineyard owners-wielding considerable influence in regions such as Champagne and Burgundy where the concept of terroir first took root. Aided by these external and internal influences, the French wine industry has been the pole bearer for the world wine industry for most of its history with many of its wines considered the benchmark for their particular style. The late 20th and early 21st century brought considerable change—earmarked by a changing global market and competition from other European wine regions such as Italy and Spain as well as emerging New World wine producers such as California, Australia and South America.