Domaine de l'Edre, Carrement Rouge, Cotes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel, France 2019
Domaine de l’Edre operates along the lines of the ‘garagiste’ producers in Bordeaux in that they have a few hectares of old vines with exceptional terroir, and a small cellar in town where they produce tiny quantities of sensationally good wine.
The crucial difference though is that this is Roussillon, not Bordeaux, so the value for money is MUCH better.
The Carrément Rouge 2019 is Syrah-dominated with 3 other grapes making up the blend - Carignan, Mourvèdre and Grenache. It is unoaked, with a fresh, red fruit character and delicate notes of garrigue. People talk of tension in wine, referring to a sort of vibrancy and balance. This wine is a fine example of this - more-ishly delicious and everything in its right place.
Offered: June 2020.
Drinking window: 2020 - 2025.
Food matching: Grilled steak, game, lamb chops and hard cheeses.