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Wine of the week: 2015 Domaine les Evigneaux

Rhone, France



Retail $18-$19

In the southern Rhone valley, the hilltop village of Rasteau is located 15 miles northeast of the renowned vintner Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Formerly, Rasteau's dry red wines were produced under the Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau classification, but in 2010, Rasteau was elevated to independent appellation d'origine controlee (AOC) status. This Rasteau is produced by Domaine les Evigneaux, owned by the Lavau family, who have been in the wine business since the 19th century. A grape blend of 50 percent grenache, 30 percent syrah, 10 percent carignan and 5 percent each of mourvedre and cinsault went through cool prefermentation maceration in the cellar and was vinified for 23 to 25 days in stainless steel vats. The wine matured in oak casks for 12 months. In the glass, it offers aromas of black raspberry, currants, a hint of vanilla and herbal and earthy notes. On the palate, taste complex flavors of ripe plum, cassis, a meaty character, blackberry, a touch of dark chocolate and fine, firm tannins. Decant 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with wild game, venison, herb-crusted rack of lamb, cassoulet and roast beef. Buy it at: Swirl Wine Bar & Market and Next to Nothing Wines. Drink it at: Marcello's Restaurant & Wine Bar, Toups' Meatery and Atchafalaya.

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