Domaine Martin Rasteau 2017

Its recent elevation to cru status (alongside Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas) has “propelled Rasteau reds into the big leagues,” says Decanter. This tiny corner of the southern Rhône, perched on a small, south-facing hill, is home to full-flavored, Grenache-heavy reds – just wait until you taste this fine example. Last vintage, it scooped two gold medals and 92 Wine Advocate points – and we think the 2017 release is every bit as impressive.

Domaine Martin is a boutique, family-owned operation (since 1905!), now run by fifth-generation brothers David and Eric Martin. Their old vines yield only a small amount of grapes, but thanks to the exceptional 2017 vintage, the fruit they did produce ripened to perfection and created excellent wines. As critic Jeb Dunnuck says, the 2017s “have terrific balance and elegance.”

This is a classic Rhône blend of Grenache (65%), Syrah (25%), and Mourvèdre (15%). After eight months’ barrel aging, Domain Martin brims with spicy, dark-berry flavors and will delight alongside roasted meats, hearty stews, and more.

Country

France

Varietal

Red Blend

Region

Rhône

Alcohol

14.5%

Volume

750ML

Vintage

2017