grandes-serres-chateauneuf-du-pape-domaine-les-grandes-serres-rhone-france-10579063tGrandes Serres is a negociant firm owned by Michel Picard who also owns Chateau de Chassagne Monrachet in Burgundy. I don’t believe this is their flagship bottling, called Les Cours des Papes which sells for twice this price, but this is nevertheless classic Chateauneuf du Pape, likely a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.

Prominent aromas of the juniper/thyme/ rosemary scrub brush found in the South of France, called Garrigue, are supported by hints of smoked meat and mint. Earth emerges with some aeration. Admirable depth and complexity.

The medium weight body supporting blackberry and cranberry flavors is lifted by electric acidity and a mineral core relieved by an underlying juicy quality that requires some effort to keep in focus. A wine of duality, as if tasting in stereo, the contrast between biting acidity and soft, juicy undercurrent gives one a mild frisson although the balance is too much on the acidic side. Sandy tannins on a medium length finish are supple and pleasing.

An interesting, vivacious wine despite the persisting acerbity.

Score: 88

Price: $28

Alc: 13.5%

Curiously this wine works with ambient music with elongated phrasing and plenty of bass resonance which helps get the acidity in balance and brings out the juice.