I was heading out to my husband’s hockey game, and even though it was rather hot out, I knew it would be terribly cold in the rink. I fancied a cozy, warming bottle to accompany watching the game snuggled under my many layers of fleece, so I deftly poured Le Drunk Rooster Grenache-Syrah 2008 into my glass lined silicone “travel” bottle. Produced by the Bourgeois Family, which is headed by 6th generation wine producer Jean-Philippe Bourgeois; their mission is to “empower our small estate producers from emerging regions as well as ancestral regions”. They focus on vineyards that have been family owned for generations, and that passionately produce handmade, organic, sustainable wines. Le Drunk Rooster is a custom wine made with winemaker Nicolas Baptiste of Domaine de la Serre; the vineyard is at the foot of the Queribus castle and owned by the Vera family.
Dark red-violet in colour, after aerating aromas of juicy black cherries and strawberries rose from my glass. Jammy Blueberry and black current flavours were underscored by a rustic earthiness in the medium to full body. Spicy black pepper united with toasty gingerbread elements in the lengthy finish. Fruity, spicy and simple, this is a pleasant glass great for the table or on its own. [Befittingly named, it’s so smooth you need to watch out for that alcohol content, it sneaks right up on you!]
65% Grenache, 35% Syrah
Bottled for the Bourgeois Family
Enjoy now thru 2013