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Laurent Charvin seems to me the most under-the-radar star in the appellation.  And particularly so if finessed, lifted, red-fruited Grenache top your CDP priorities.  After Rayas (& Pignan), if forced to nominate a single wine to challenge appellation stereotyping, it would be this.  Seamless and kirsch-y, Charvin marks an extreme of CDP elegance.  

Charvin remains among the few to bottle just a single cuvée.  It’s usually 85% or so old-vine Grenache (no destemming) from three lieux-dits in the northwest.  Soils are more limestone-rich here and the microclimate cooler, each leaving a freshening effect on the wine.  

The nose leads with sweet red berries, licorice, and lavender along with a ripe peach-like note not uncommon in young Charvin.  Seamless and exuberant, spherical and beautifully proportioned, the palate carries its weight with poise and polish.  Pepper and crushed rock-like details outlast the fruit and acidity rather than alcohol drives the finish. 

A word about Charvin at the table as this elevated acidity bridges to dishes outside the ‘sauced meats' CDP reflex.  Young, I find the wine works great with tomato-based dishes as well as grilled tuna or salmon.  And in its more salumi’d maturity Charvin beautifully foils umami-rich ones, especially those centered on mushrooms.     





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