Fine Wine Source Wine

March 2019

Les Jamelles: Catherine and Laurent Delaunay are the heart and soul of Les Jamelles. In the early 1990’s, these two winemakers, both from Burgundian families rooted in the world of wine for several generations, were won over by the diversity of the Languedoc’s terroirs and the grape varieties. Catherine likes to say “the terroirs are there for the grapes.” In the mid-1990’s, the Languedoc region was not known for producing high quality wines; however, it’s reorganization had gotten underway and the pair sensed that it was a land full of promise, with the freedom and ability to grow fifty or so different varietals. In regards to the personal hallmark Catherine and Laurent have made in the region, Catherine has this to say: “In a region where the wines were considered to be very powerful, we wanted to add a touch of Burgundy to our cuvees-to make them fresh, elegant, and complex. Over the years we have discovered many shared features between Burgundy and the Languedoc. It is said that Burgundy is a ‘mosaic of terroirs.’ I would say that the same is true in Languedoc, but to the power of 10!” To ensure its success, Les Jamelles has remained faithful to its original philosophy of listening to consumers (in over 45 countries) and offering them delectable, expressive and accessible varietal wines whose roundness, rich aromas and flavors evoke a certain art of living in the South of France.

Les Jamelles Grenache: Grenache is a grape variety which performs best when it grows in arid regions. The red Grenache “Les Jamelles” is smooth and fruit-forward. It is an easy-drinking wine, perfect for informal gatherings and picnics. This Grenache was cultivated in the Pays d’Oc region in the South of France, between Béziers and Perpignan near the Mediterranean coast. The 10-20 year-old sloping vineyards are located on clay-silty soils coming from the old Aude River, and from the clay-limestone soils of the Minervois. The Pruning method is “Cordon de Royat” ( a spur trained trellis system that is widely used in the Champagne region of France to grow Pinot Noir). and the yield is approximately 50 hectoliters per hectare. The grapes are totally destemmed and undergo a long temperature-controlled maceration with regular pumping over. Malolactic fermentation is completed. 5 to 10% is aged in oak barrel for 7 to 9 months.

Varietal: 100% Grenache

Alcohol: 12.5%

Tasting Notes: Deep purple in color with vivid highlights, it is a rich, rounded, and fruit forward wine (raspberry) with spicy undertones (pepper, cinnamon, tapenade).

Food Pairings: It can be easily served with Terrines (Pate) or with Mediterranean cuisine, as well as grilled meats (lamb and meat stew) or sauced meats. Serve at 62-65 degrees.

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Loaded with spicy flavors of Paprika and fresh Red Pepper; the wine has an explosion of flavor on the palate. This Grenache is best served with Chicken, Pan Seared, or Smoked Salmon.

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