Isabelle's thoughts on La Grenache du Bois Saint Jaume:
This is a pretty full-bodied wine that shouts of its arid, Mediterranean origins. You can definitely taste the garrigue and the sun but at the same time, there is great elegance in this wine. The 80-year old Grenache vines, surrounded by woodland, give great concentration and tension to the wine as vines this age have usually become consummate berry producers and balance is often a given, whilst the light sandy soils and the north facing vines brings coolness and a lightness of texture. Aromas are lifted, clean and pure with red berry notes, black olives, dried herbs (rosemary and mint) and a hint of dried flowers starting to develop from the level of maturity although this wine is still very much in its primary stage. A great pure Grenache that would put many a Châteauneuf-du-Pape to shame. More of a dinner party wine, when you fancy serving something out of a decanter and in slightly bigger glasses.
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