Place: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône Valley — France
Variety: Grenache, Syrah, splash of Caladoc (Grenache/Malbec hybrid)
This tiny domaine is one of pioneers of French biodynamic viticulture. They were the first in Châteauneuf to convert to biodynamics over twenty years ago. They have remained very small, only producing between two and four thousand cases total, so that for many, they remain a hidden gem.
Layers of earthy plum, grenadine and dried fruit are framed by powdery tannins; a spicy, generous Southern Rhône close keeps everything fresh. Armenier calls this her ‘Petit Rhône’