In the Rhône, it's the Vin de Pays du Comté de Grignan that serves the Zen-like status of filling in the spaces between things. Both above and below Montélimar, dividing line that separates the Mediterranean climate of the Southern Rhône from the cooler Continental climate and soil of the North, Vin de Pays du Comté de Grignan stretches 50 miles along the valley, filling in all the spaces not otherwise covered by controlled appellations.Domaine la Guintrandy 2008 "Saint-Léger" Vin du Pays du Comté de Grignan
Dark ruby with a clear reddish-orange edge. Attractive and correct varietal aromas, Syrah black pepper and Grenache raspberry, reflect its 50-50 blend. Good raspberry fruit on the palate, fresh and juicy, held in restraint by snappy acidity, with fragrant black pepper and soft tannins becoming more evident in the long, clean red-berry finish. Good fruit and acid balance and rational 13% alcohol make it a fine food wine, and a benchmark example of a simple, well-made Rhóne red. U.S. importer: Vanguard Wines LLC, Columbus. (March 3, 2011)
FOOD MATCH: Grilled red meat and Rhône reds make natural partners, and some leftover grilled lamb kebabs from a local Jordanian eatery that we had on hand made a splendid match, enhanced by aromatic leftover rice from the same source.
VALUE: A quality-price-ratio winner for just over $10.
WHEN TO DRINK: It won't fade over the next year or so, but modest red Rhônes aren't really agers, and the slick-sleeved foam synthetic stopper isn't meant for the cellar.
WEB LINKS: Theproducer's Website is available in French and English. Here's an English-language page about the property's long history.http://www.vins-cuilleras.com/wine-domaine.htm
For brief tasting and tech notes on the Saint-Léger, click this link.http://www.vins-cuilleras.com/wine-grignan.htm
Wine-Searcher.com has an interesting summary of information about the Vin de Pays du Comte de Grignan, along with links to representative wines.http://www.wine-searcher.com/regions-vi ... g_site=WLP
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