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Wine Type... Red WineVintage... 1995Style... Robust & Spicy RedsCountry... FranceRegion... RhôneSub Region... Southern RhôneGrower Name... Domaine Bérard & FilsGrape Variety... Grenache / GarnachaABV... 14%Closure... Natural Cork
Bérard Pere et Fils is a negociant firm owned by Robert Dahm, who also owns Domaine de Terre Ferme. Founded after World War I by André Bérard, it was held by Pierre Bérard until purchased by Robert Dahm in 1985. Today, the firm offers wines from Châteauneuf du Pape, Lirac, Hermitage, and various others. Bérard Pere et Fils is a negociant firm owned by Robert Dahm, who also owns Domaine de Terre Ferme. Founded after World War I by André Bérard, it was held by Pierre Bérard until purchased by Robert Dahm in 1985. Today, the firm offers wines from Châteauneuf du Pape, Lirac, Hermitage, and various others. This wine is clean, elegant, has fresh flavors in the mouth and is very much like an Hermitage.
The Rhône Valley is in Southern France encompassing a large collection of wine-making appellations that can be divided into the Northern and Southern Rhône Valley respectively. Large volumes of wine known simply as Côtes du Rhône or Côtes du Rhône Villages comes from the Southern Rhône where one can also find famous names such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas. Well known appellations in the North include Côte-Rotie, Condrieu and Crozes-Hermitage.
Red wines in the north are made solely from Syrah (Shiraz) while Southern reds can be a blend of many varieties, although in practice this is normally Grenache, supplemented to varying extents by Mourvedre, Cinsaut and Syrah. White wines are made from several varieties, with Viognier being perhaps the most important, plus significant contributions from Marsanne and Rousanne.
Grenache / Garnacha
Grenache is a high-quality black grape common in red wines of Southern France (most famously Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas) and Spain, where it is known as Garnacha. It is also found in large quantities of Cotes du Rhone and appears regularly in rosés of the south of France, notably Tavel and Lirac.
It is well-suited to traditional bush vine viticulture in hot, dry climates. When subjected to severe pruning of mature vines, it can produce very long-lived, dense wines.