Domaine Charvin Vin de Pays “À Coté” 2013
Laurent Charvin is the 6th generation of his family to work at the property in Chateauneuf du Pape. The winery is certified organic; their minimalist approach includes ageing their wines in concrete tanks rather than oak and no destemming of the fruit, which allows them to produce wines with a very pure expression of the terroir of the vineyards. Domaine Charvin is among the very finest producers in all of Chateauneuf du Pape, but they also bottle incredible Cotes du Rhone and Vin de Pays wines, such as the ‘A Coté’. The domaine’s style is one of elegance which is transparent in all of their wines.
This is a blend, 50/50 Grenache and Merlot. Beautiful aromatics of blueberry pie, black tea, and rosemary waft from the glass. Herb-flecked black berry fruit and minerality in the mouth is complimented by medium-firm tannic structure and a medium-long finish. Pair this with our recipe for Herb Rubbed Pork Ribs. The wine has the body to match the meaty pork and the herbal notes in the wine mimic those in the rub.
This wine is a Vin de Pays. Vin de Pays (VDP) is a quality category of French wine meaning “country wine”. It is a step in the French wine classification that is above the table wine (Vin de table) classification, but below Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC). The Vin de Pays tier provides us with clarity about a wine’s provenance, while producers are empowered to make wine outside the constraints of traditional AOC laws. Excellent value can be found in a bottle of VDP and the Charvin shows that beautifully.