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Staff Pick

Côtes du Rhône Brézème, Helfenbein - 2015

Item # 26435 750mL
$24.96/ Single Bottle
$299.52 $269.57/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

A sauvage Syrah with background firm with anise and a plump fruit profile loaded with black plum spiced deliciousness. The soft tannins, full body and wild nature of this red wine works very well with gamey roast lamb, funky cheeses and robust earthy stews. Brezème is a viticultural area located just south of Valence within the Côtes du Rhône region; it is exclusively planted to Syrah.


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Staff Pick Notes

Fans of Eric Texier may be familiar with the relatively obscure viticultural zone of Brézème in the Northern Rhône. The red wines of Brezeme are made entirely of Syrah planted on limestone and clay soils. Helfenbein's example shows the softer side of Syrah, but still has a smoky, gamey (bacon fatty) edge with some sweet tobacco and violet notes as well. This wine has a nice freshness to it that makes it pretty quaffable on its own, but would also be great with some salty snacks, especially charcuterie.

- AL

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