Domaine Yves Cheron
Domaine Yves Cheron is located in Gigondas, where most of their Grenache vineyards are located. While this may not be a region you are familiar with, Gigondas is a Southern Rhone cru that is on-par (quality-wise) with its famous neighbor, Chateauneuf du Pape. The domain also has property in Vacqueyras and Beaumes de Venise, where much of their Syrah is planted.
Mostly Grenache, with a small amount of Syrah, the Les Dentelles is an impressive wine, especially considering its price point. It’s largely declassified Gigondas fruit, and that quality shows. The balance of opposing textures is the key to the balance here. A rich lushness that veers towards blueberry confiture and fresh figs is kept in check with a start minerality that cuts through the richness. Aromas of lavender and violets make way to notes of Asian 5-spice. Fermented in cement tanks with no oak.