The Pyrenees mountains make up a natural border between southern France and northern Spain. The eastern end makes a sharp drop into the sea at Perpignan, a sleepy border town, creating very interesting conditions for winemaking. The heat and moisture make it perfect for low lying vines that produce small amounts of ripe, hardy grapes that are full-bodied and full of flavor. This French Grenache is made from grapes grown in these hills. It is juicy with scents of Mediterranean herbs and cherry. The full body and medium acidity mean that it will stand up to rich and gamey foods very well. Our experts have been pairing it with braised game, Coq Au Vin, and roasted vegetables.
The southernmost commune in France, Cotes Catalanes sits on the border of Spain in the foothills of the Pyrenees. With a Mediterranean climate and eastern facing vineyards, grapes grow vigorously, only being slowed by the violent blasts of the "tramontane" — a wind that whips north after traveling over the mountains. Usually one of the first regions to harvest, every year the arrival of Roussillon wines signals the changing of the season and a chance to taste the newest vintage.
Juicy red fruits play off of a full body. The medium acidity means that it will stand up to rich and gamey foods very easily.