A convenient, budget friendly, French countryside jug-style wine with easy drinking fruit and spice notes.
Ever since a handful of notable winemakers and distributors started producing high quality, small vineyard, sustainably farmed, bag in box wines, I have become a devotee of the versatile concept. They tend to be a bit harder to locate in most wines shops, [I put in a request at one of my local shops] and a few dollars more, but they are a fantastic value well worth seeking out.
Winemaking: Vrac translates to “bulk” or “loose” and refers to the French practice of locals filling their own vessels with wine directly from the winery’s tanks. The producer intended to reflect that custom with VRAC, and crafted a simple, French countryside jug-style wine.
Tasting Notes: Darky inky violet in colour with aromas of cinnamon, chocolate and crushed white peppercorn. Tasting pleasantly similar to the aromas, with plush cherry and blackberry flavours, and a lively acidity effortlessly giving way to a lengthy finish of black peppercorn, chocolate and hints of black cherry.
Winemaker’s red Rhône blend [I could not verify varietal percentages.]
Côtes du Rhône
Estate Bottled by LA S.C.A. V.E.A. 30390
$30 [1 box is equivalent to 4 bottles]