“Extreme complication is contrary to art.” — Claude Debussy
Introducing The Claude Debussy, a $250 Wine-Aid package that includes 12 bottles of lush, earthy, and spicy red wine from some of Southern Rhone’s most prestigious Crus. The price includes tax and delivery, as well as a deep discount. We will also honor a 10% discount on any bottles you might wish to add to the Wine-Aid package.
Claude Debussy was French composer whose works were a seminal force in the music of the 20th century. He developed a highly original system of harmony and musical structure that expressed in many respects the ideals to which the Impressionist and Symbolist painters and writers of his time aspired.
Debussy was constantly breaking new ground. Explorations, he maintained, were the essence of music; they were his musical bread and wine. The selections in The Claude Debussy Wine-Aid Package are also explorations, journeys into a terroir that is both familiar and surprising.
Included in The Claude Debussy Wine-Aid box are:
1) Olivier Gras “Prat Sura” (Vacqueyras 2016) Regular Price $37 TWO BOTTLES
The Gras family had grown grapes for other producers for decades on their 15 acre family farm. Olivier Gras, determined to create his own wines, studied viticulture and enology and upon graduation he carved his own domaine out of just a little over one acre from his family’s plot of vines ranging from 20-40 years old. In 2011, he produced his first vintage to great accolades and promise. The wine is mainly Grenache. A sip is balanced with silky tannins and lush, ripe fruit. Hints of licorice ride the lengthy finish.
2) Domaine de Beaurenard (Rasteau 2017) Regular Price $32 TWO BOTTLES
Traditional winemakers Daniel and Frédéric Coulon hold a little under 80 acres of vines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and around 60 acres in the Côtes du Rhône Villages Rasteau appellation. All of Domaine de Beaurenard’s vines are certified biodynamic. In the vineyards, these methods involve working the soil without herbicides, spreading carefully-dynamised manure, and maintaining sensible grass cover. Beaurenard’s 2017 Rasteau is all herbal and red cherries. A blend of 80% Grenache, 17% Syrah and 3% Mourvèdre, it’s medium to full-bodied, creamy and supple.
3) Domaine de Font-Sane “Tradition” (Gigondas 2016) Regular Price $28 TWO BOTTLES
Véronique Cunty-Peysson and her husband, Bernard, lead the multi-generational family estate of Domaine de Font-Sane. The Domaine is about 39 acres across Gigondas and Ventoux and many of the vineyards lie within the protection of the toothy, lacy, and majestic rock faces of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Gigondas “Tradition” is mainly Grenache with touches of Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault in the blend. The vineyards lie over five terroirs of clay/limestone, pebbles, sand, alluvium, and sandy loam that provide a nuanced complexity to the finished wine. Floral notes and herbs precede a concentrated, full-bodied sip with a finish of chewy tannins.
4) Domaine de Font-Sane “Vieilles Vignes” (Ventoux 2018) Regular Price $15 SIX BOTTLES
Domaine de Font Sane is distinguished not only by star winemaker Véronique Cunty-Peysson, whose experience and intuition spans over three decades, but also from a collection of superb vineyard parcels. Ventoux “Vieilles Vignes” is a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah from vines aged 50-60 years old grown in sandy soil.The elevation of Ventoux is a benefit to producing a poundable wine of interest. Floral and garrigue notes layered over bright red fruit will make this medium-bodied wine a bottle you’ll want to drink again and again.