In the glass, the wine has a limpid, saturated deep garnet color, with flashes of ruby-red at the edge. Aromas of crushed black and red fruit, including sun-warmed black raspberries and red currant preserves emerge in the glass, sometimes alternating with toasted fennel seed, licorice, coriander, and crimini mushrooms, all seasoned with a faint suggestion of freshly ground black pepper.
On the palate, the wine is succulent and medium-bodied, with a rich core of brambly black fruit flavors that echoes the nose, adding dried cranberries, Damson plums, and nutmeg as the wine evolves and puts on weight in the glass. The finish is bright and mineral, with ripe, dusty tannins and plenty of freshness and vibrancy.
Drink now for its juicy primary fruit, at cellar temperature, with everything you can imagine. This could be the most versatile, go-to red wine of the season.
About this wine producer: Olivier Legranger developed his knowledge of winemaking through studies in oenology at institutions in Champagne and Montpellier, France. After a bit of international travel to assess markets and techniques, he settled in Chateauneuf-du-Pape for an internship with Domaine Mont-Redon. With the help of noted oenologist, Xavier Vignon, and a “young winemaker” loan, he purchased 10 hectares (25 acres) of vineyard on the western facing slope of Mont Ventoux. In 2016, Olivier Legranger released the first vintage of his wines from Domaine du Colibri. The vineyard site benefits from exposure to the Mistral winds, which help to moderate temperatures throughout the growing season. Also, a limestone rich soil is another key aspect of the vineyard site, since it contributes to the minerality of the wines.
Tastes like wine. Purchase 1-19-19, opened 102420, and consumed over about 4 nights. $15, on sale for $12.