Sulauze "Les Amis" Rouge, Coteaux d’Aix-en Provence
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Organic

Sulauze "Les Amis" Rouge, Coteaux d’Aix-en Provence - 2022

Item # 32425 750mL

One of those energetic red wines that just invigorates the palate. This comes from the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence in the south of France and is bottled without the addition of any sulphur. This practice helps emphasize not only the fruit but the terroir of the wine.

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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.


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Staff Pick Notes

The line between "natural" and conventionally made wine is more a question of what goes on behind the scenes than what you get in the bottle. Many natural wines are funky, cloudy, and full of sediment, but truthfully, these are stylistic decisions made by a winemaker more than something inherent. I think of an acoustic recording of a famous song—it sounds intimate, raw, and real when you can hear the squeak of their fingers across the fret, but if you want that sound on the final recording you actually have to go out of your way to mic the neck of the guitar. Bottles like the Sulauze here are some of my favorites. This is an unsulfured, whole-berry Syrah from biodynamic fruit, and it is accessible, clean, and pure. Aromatic, nicely tart, with lovely red fruit, dried herbs, and leather on the palate. A perfect red to go with fish.

- JON

Glossary

Syrah

We'd like to clear this up once and for all: the Shiraz grape is genetically identical to Syrah. Australian winemakers put "Shiraz" on the map (and, many would argue, vice versa), and the term is now used throughout much of the New World. Let it never be said, however, that Shiraz and Syrah are the same thing: the region in which the grape is grown determines much about the flavor of the wine it will produce. Typically, New World Shiraz yields bigger, fruitier wines than the the peppery Syrahs...

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Provence

Provence has some of the best vine-growing territory in the world, with a perfect Mediterranean climate tempered by the cooling effects of the sea. The region produces a broad range of wines, the majority of which pair effortlessly with the light, herb-infused cuisine of Provence. Bandol, arguably the most significant appellation in Provence, produces spicy, earthy, rich red wines. These tend to be big and well-structured, relying on the Mourvèdre grape for their power. Vines in Bandol are...

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