Devoy Martine Cotes-du-Rhone 2013
Hearty Grenache/Syrah blend
I visted Veronique Lombardo on an unusually cool day this past August and her father was in a heated negotiation with the local tire dealer about a tractor wheel problem. He was not taking no for an answer and eventually got the tire replaced but also got the dealer to promise them free lobsters for their New Year's dinner.
I love this story because it speaks to the organized chaos that's happening at Devoy-Martine. The winery is a ramshackle of hoses, tubes, tanks, barrels, and other equipment. But once in the bottle Veronique's wine is all class--polished, pure, and delightful.
Lirac is an appellation I would call the most southern of the southern Rhone. As such this is a quite warm, roasted climate that yields wines that are succulent, ripe, and concentrated. You'll enjoy this one with a nice hearty winter stew, but probably not with lobster.
Save those for the summer rosé!