Grenache is the dominant variety in most Southern Rhône wines, especially in Châteauneuf-du-Pape where it is typically over 80% of the blend. In Australia it is typically blended in "GSM" blends with Syrah and Mourvèdre. The characteristic notes of Grenache are berry fruit such as raspberries and strawberries. When yields are kept in check, Grenache based wines can develop complex and intense notes of black currants, black cherries, black olives, coffee, gingerbread, honey, leather, black pepper, tar, spices and roasted nuts. When yields are increased, more overtly earthy and herbal notes emerge that tend to quickly fade on the palate.

Côtes du Rhône, Chapoutier, Southern Rhône, France 2017
Michel Chapoutier
Cotes du Rhone Chapoutier 2017
Côtes du Rhône, Chapoutier, Southern Rhône, France 2017  50% Grenache, 50% Syrah  A superb wine with rich aromas of dark red fruits, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich...