Selected, blended and aged by François Chartier at Domaine Jaume, 24, rue Reynarde, 26110 Vinsobres, France. Red wine available at IGA stores.
Complementary ingredients for a successful harmony
Pair this Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre blend with your favorite recipes that include one or more of these ingredients: pepper, black olives, lamb, red meats, smoked meats, thyme, star anise, licorice, carrots, caraway, fennel, turnips, parsley roots, tarragon, Jerusalem artichokes, mint, oregano, roasted root vegetable, and many more.
The great thing about this blend is that it will gain in aromatic complexity and creaminess in the three to five years following its release. This Olivier d’Anis will certainly make a hit with a leg of lamb seasoned with thyme or pasta with black olives and pepper, among others.
This wine originates mainly from the hillsides of the Vinsobres AOC, along with a small proportion of lots from bordering non-AOC zones. The Domaine Jaume, in Vinsobres, works with a very sustainable approach for viticulture. “For this wine, I decided to avoid cask aging, because I wanted to let the freshness of the terroir and of the Syrah shine through, complemented by the Grenache and Mourvèdre from a sector that is considered the northernmost part of this southern region. In this blend, I didn’t want to hide the typicality of the clay-limestone hillsides, the cooler climate and the grape varieties, especially the delicious and aromatic Syrah which embodies black olive and aniseed, as does this Olivier d’Anis,” explains François Chartier.
From the northernmost limit of this southern valley and because of the altitude of the Vinsobres terroir, this fresh red wine is reminiscent of certain Syrahs from the northern appellations of the Côtes du Rhône, such as Saint-Joseph or Crozes-Hermitage; but without the jammy style evocative of the wines of the southern part of this region. This Olivier d’Anis has an aromatic profile typical of Syrah, with subtle and elegant notes of black pepper and black olives, yet with a floral touch. On the palate, it is broad and fresh, vivid and refined, with extra fine tannins, a moderate body and pronounced notes of cherry, star anise, cocoa, black olives and black pepper flavours. A red wine could hardly be more palatable and authentic!