Expanding Our Palates: Domaine Le Sang des Cailloux

We are fortunate enough, as folks who work in the wine industry, to bring home extra bottles. A little of this and a little of that.  At this point they are mostly ends, rest, maybes.  So the question every other evening is, do we have any good wine??  In other words, wine for a Wednesday evening.  Not the bottles we’re saving for a special occasion, not the bottles that are questionable risk with no frame of reference for what we might be getting into, but a trusted wine. One that will enhance the evening and help us relax, slow down a bit, and enjoy.

Out here in California, the prospects of finding a quality wine that’s not made in California are slim.  This evening, we had the pleasant surprise of going French with our selection.

Domaine le Sang des Cailloux

AZALAÏS – 2012

Total case production for Le Sang des Cailloux is about 5000 cases a year. This particular wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Sryah, and 10% Mourvedre and Cinsault. Oh, the possibilities. Fermented in concrete, bottled without fining or filtration.  Much lighter bodied than the California Grenache we’ve had (which given the weather difference is to be expected.) Juicy front, intensive mid palate with a delicate finish. Fruit and minerality on the nose at first, that softened quickly. Would be interested in trying this again in a couple years. Too bad we only had one bottle.