After traveling through France and tasting 800 wines that the intrepid importer Kermit Lynch has discovered over the years, the memory of this solidly built CdR rouge persists. Brilliant guy, Kermit… always sniffing out super great stuff, but surprising as it may seem, his “regular guy” wine was the best buy in the whole bunch, and it’s a wine of his own making! He found the growers, selected the grapes and oversaw the blending deep in the southern Rhone. Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvedre and more in one big juicy, thirst-slaking glass. The purity of CdR, with the earthy terroir, rough herbs, wild lavender and big ripe fruit of life in Provence.
This is a stunning rendition of a most serious string of Cotes du Rhone by our pal Kermit Lynch. The 2010 has more tension than the 2009 which seemed to have more grenache expression, but it was a riper vintage. The 2010 is more brooding, deeper, denser; with good tension. A more serious wine at this price can’t be found. Bravo, again Kermit.
Once we reached this beautiful, remote plateau high in the Vaucluse I tasted the true genius of Kermit Lynch in his very own Cotes du Rhone. The mountain breeze was blowing lavender and rosemary and Kermit’s 2009 was smokin’, ripe plums and black cherries, meaty and smooth all at once.
Amazing. 92-points rich, richer than wines twice the price. Proves Lynch is a great wine-maker as well as a smart importer. He uses the same skills in both: a terrific palate, a sharp eye for terroir and good relations with the best small vignerons. I had met dozens of Kermit’s partners in the last ten days and more of them gathered here. Growers and winemakers like Louis Barruol from St. Cosme and Vieux Telegraphe’s Daniel Brunier.
In the brilliant sun that morning I saw why Lynch loves Provence and how he finds the perfect vineyards to make wines of his own. He selected 40 year old vineyards a few miles away on the outskirts of Avignon. Then Kermit put together his own robust southern Rhone blend, leading with grenache, then syrah and cinsault. All natural yeasts were used and the wine was bottled unfiltered.
What comes through is pure Kermit and pure Rhone; the finest value of all the wines I tasted on the trip. Lynch‘s vignerons have taught him well and he’s earned their respect. No wonder he’s at home in Provence. When you taste his Cotes du Rhone, you’ll be there too.