Les Chemins des Seve 'Pyrope' 2017 (Cotes-du-Rhone Villages, France)
“Pyrope,” so named for its beautiful garnet color, is the product of an auspicious location in the hands of a precise winemaker. Ex-industrial engineer Loïc Massart found these vineyards in the Vaucluse (also home to Chateauneuf du Pape) department to play out his new winemaking passion.
Applying his penchant for precision to the winery, Massart also tends towards low-intervention winemaking, which contrary to what you might think (i.e. hands off) actually requires a great deal of attention and intention, as well as a squeaky-clean winery. Grenache (50%), Syrah (30%), and equal parts Carignan and Cinsault, all organically grown, are co-fermented and aged in concrete. The result is a red-fruited, round and spicy palate, with warm sun-kissed berries on the nose.
Food Ideas: tomato braised sausages, savory pies, tonkatsu ramen, spicy lentil soup, spinach and ricotta lasagna
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