2008 Domaine d' Andezon Cotes-du-Rhone-Villages La Granacha Signargues

Year: 2008
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 90
Red Wine
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"The old vine offering of 100% Grenache, the 2008 La Granacha Signargues, is super. Like its sibling, it was made and bottled without any SO2, a rarity. Furthermore, these vineyards are organically farmed. Sexy black fruit and floral notes are followed by a deep, full-bodied wine displaying plenty of kirsch, underbrush, and loamy soil notes. Good purity, a full-bodied texture, deliciously ripe fruit, and a seamless style make for a sensational bargain-priced wine that should drink well for 2-3 years.

One of safest, most reliable Cotes du Rhone cuvees coming from this large cooperative south of Avignon, these are both special cuvees selected and bottled unfined and unfiltered for the American importer." (WA)

"Before I tell my highly entertaining story, I will cut to the chase. L.A. Wine Co has this wine for 50% cheaper than the lowest price in the country. Check it out here. It’s easily the best deal I’ve written up all year. No contest.

Okay, on to the story… I was at a local wine shop yesterday where I noticed a great deal on a Cotes-du-Rhone – $12 for a 90 point rated red from the 2008 vintage. So I picked up a bottle of the 2008 La Granacha Signargues from Domaine d’ Andezon. It’s absolutely great for the price of $11.99. Stony red fruit with a nice sweetness juxtaposed by a fine acidity that is absolutely textbook Cotes-du-Rhone Grenache. The label looked familiar to me so I checked my cellar and realized I had ordered a bottle to try from L.A. Wine Company earlier in the month. Which is great, except I paid only $5.99 for that bottle vs. $11.99 from the local discount store (which is still the second lowest price in the country).

This is an absolutely shockingly good wine for $6. I know there is a lot of sensationalism in wine, but we’re talking about the price of a venti Starbucks here. Let’s review, for a moment, other wines in the $6 price range: Yellow Tail, Gallo… I’m actually having trouble coming up with more because they are usually so repulsive, I don’t even try them. Not only is this drinkable, it’s actually really, really good. $96.88 per CASE including our $25 case shipping for Nickel and Dime Wine readers. Get it?" (Nickel & Dime)

Winery Notes:
In 1994 Eric visited the Vignerons d’Estazarques and met a young, passionate director/winemaker named Jean-Francois Nicq. By the end of the day, he & Jean-Francois had decided on a custom bottling of old vine syrah from one of their best parcels, Andezon. Some years later, a spectacular parcel of old vine Grenache was found in the Côtes du Rhône Villages Appellation Signargues which would be developed in to ‘La Granacha.”

Signargues is the furthest south of the Côtes du Rhône Villages Appellation amd it spreads out over 4 different communities : Domazan, Estézargues, Rochefort du Gard and Saze. The terroir of Signargues is well known to historians going from the occupation of the area by the Romans to the battles of Charles Martel, from the Popes in Avignon to the cult of Bacchus. Vestiges still exist, such as the double faced statue of Bacchus and Ariane which can be seen in the Louvre Museum, found by an archaeologist on the land.