Something New. During our trips to France, we like to eat at restaurants with good local wine lists. It’s a great way to broaden our regional palates, and sometimes we even discover a new wine for our portfolio. At dinner on a Séguret terrace this June we had the nicest surprise discovery in red Rhône wine that we’ve had in years.
It took a few days to track down Eric Chauvin after that dinner — his Domaine Souverain has neither an entry sign nor a website. But through several phone calls and a bit of luck, we managed to pick up samples, just to confirm that our enthusiasm wasn’t jetlag-induced. A second taste reinforced our initial impression; and when the price list arrived, we were happier yet.
Diamond in the Rough. The Domaine Souverain is a small-scale organic source in Séguret with no other US importer. Eric Chauvin is as humble as his wines are delicious, and we’re thrilled to have stumbled upon such a source for underpriced Rhône wine. This drinks far more like a Gigondas or Vacqueyras than its Côtes-du-Rhône pricing suggests — before we got the price list we expected to offer it as an excellent and well-priced $25 red Rhône.
Souverain’s Séguret 2014 shows a bright nose of blackberry and lavender, with a cool earthiness that fans of the Mas Foulaquier will immediately recognize. The mouth is beautifully balanced, with softened but present tannins, clean dark fruit, and a faint smokiness in the nose. This is lively, delicious, highly drinkable wine, with a perfect balance for an autumn meal.
Serve this wine as we enjoyed it on the terrace in Séguret, a bit cool, and enjoy watching it open as it comes up to the ambient temperature. If you have friends along, be prepared to open a second bottle.
SOUVERAIN Séguret 2014
Ansonia Retail: $19
case, half-case: $14.95/bot
AVAILABLE IN 6- AND 12- BOTTLE LOTS
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