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Rita, Vin de France - 2015

Item # 37934 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Rita is a red wine made in the south of France from old vines of Carignan. From a relative newcomer, Mylène Bru, who started her wine adventure in 2005, has come across some 80 year old Carignan vines that speak with wisdom. The grapes are destemmed after harvest and but for a couple of pump-overs after pressing, the wine makes itself. A bit wild on the palate with musk, fern and a saline mineral aspect, this wine begs for some hearty food at the table. Unoaked. This wine from Mylène is named after her grandmother, Rita.

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Staff Pick Notes

For those looking to experiencing a 'natural wine' that is at once expressive of this genre but not too funky, meet Rita. Or rather, meet winemaker Mylene Bru who knows this land well, having grown up in the region. (Rita is her grandmother.) Mylene's vineyards are located near the appellation of Saint-Chinian where Carignan flourishes, so it is not surprising that she makes a wine using this single varietal. Look for garrigue (a mix of fragrant local herbs) and a blend of dark fruits. A robust wine, but its streak of acidity makes for a slightly tart finish that leaves you thirsting for more. In the spirit of these wines, the wine is made with little intervention, unfined, unfiltered and with a bare minimum of sulphur. Naturally.

- DY

Astor's Glossary of Terms


Grown all over Europe and the Americas, Carignan (a.k.a. Carignane, Carignano, and Cariñena) is seldom seen as a 100% varietal wine. Many appellations of Languedoc-Roussillon must include a certain percentage of Carignan, but it is rarely the dominant grape in these blends. For years, this naturally high-yielding grape suffered from overproduction, but New World winemakers have lately taken up...

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