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2012 Le Cirque Grenache Gris 750ml

2012 Le Cirque Grenache Gris

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Among the exciting and satisfying things about the Le Cirque’s wines is the skill with which they showcase unblended renditions of what is arguably Roussillon’s preeminent (of by no means in acreage) white wine grape, and their 2012 Grenache Gris does not break this label’s winning streak. Musk and lime, pineapple and resinous herbs inform the nose as well as an oily palate leading to a finish that positively glows, its incisive bite of white pepper and persistently tactile impingement of rosemary helping to leave the mouth invigorated and anxious to take the next sip. The vaguely animal side of Grenache Gris emerges to greater prominence as this sensational value opens to the air, and I would expect fascination and versatility through at least 2015, though the track-record so far doesn’t tell us when this particular bottling from Le Cirque might fade.

90 Points - Wine Advocate

Producer: Les Maitres Vignerons de Tautavel
Website: www.boutique-tautavelvingrau.fr

Price: $17.99
Sale Price: $14.99

Availability: 3

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Varietal: Grenache Gris
Wines made from Grenache Gris tend to show apricot and stonefruit aromas with a full, sometimes oily palate. Grenache Gris are often compared to Viognier.

Country: France
A country viewed by many as the home of fine wine, it is almost unique in terms of how embedded food and wine is in the nations culture. Given the diverse geography, with so much of the country providing the climate and soil suitable for viticulture, it is no surprise that its produces such an extensive and varied selection of wines. It is the country from where the vast majority of the New World's most popular "international" grapes and stylistic influences originate. While there might seem to be an alarming disparity between the most sought after wines (were a case might set you back as much as a deposit on a small house) and the millions of gallons of vin de table filling up the European wine lake every year, there is so much great value to be found between the two extremes. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and the Rhone may still dominate the market for fine wine, but regions including the Loire, Alsace, Languedoc & Roussillon and the South West are increasingly becoming excellent sources of good quality, affordable wines.

Region: Languedoc and Roussillon
The Languedoc and Roussillon are two adjoining but distinctly separate wine regions in southern France. The Languedoc consists of two main regions: The Aude, home to the sub-regions of Limoux, Corbieres, Fitou, Minervois, and the Herault, which includes Picpoul de Pinet and the vin doux naturels producing regions of Banyuls, Frontignan, Lunel and Mireval.

Sub-Region: Cotes Catalanes

Type: White
White wine is a wine whose color can be pale-yellow, yellow-green, and yellow-gold colored. The wine is produced from a variety of grape varieties. The flavor and color comes from the juice of the grape and sometimes the skin of the grape as well. Interestingly, not all white wine comes from white grapes. Some select red grapes are used as in Champagne.