2012 Chateau de la Selve Beaulieu - Coteaux de l'Ardeche, France
From a little-known but truly beautiful region west of the Rhone Valley, the Beaulieu is slightly smoky, spicy and chock-full of ripe fruit. Firm, dry tannins lend structure and integrate well with this earthy, medium-bodied, biodynamic blend of 55% Cab, 25% Grenache, 15% Merlot, and 5% Cinsault. Another well-crafted wine from young Vignernon Benoît Chazallon, his wife, and their dedicated team at La Selve. Pairs wonderfully with game, wild fowl and strong, soft, stinky cheese!