There are oceans of Côtes du Rhône out there, so when one makes as much of an impact on us as this new producer, we can’t help but get excited. An unconventional blend of mostly Syrah and Carignan, this is a juicy yet concentrated red that great for barbecues or for the fireplace if the weather takes a cold turn. Notes of blackberry compote, olives, black peppercorns and violets dominate the aromas. The texture is lush and silky with a thriving acidity that pushes its full body towards a smoky, peppery and slightly briny finish.
If Olivier Tropet had vineyards in appellations like Côte Rôtie, Cornas or Châteauneuf-du-Pape he’d be more likely to garner wide acclaim, but he lives in Roaix, the Southern Rhône Valley’s tiniest Côtes-du-Rhône village appellation. It’s hard to believe what he achieves within this relatively unknown village with each of his cuvées displaying an elegance and finish often reserved for appellations (and winemakers) that command a much higher price tag.