Channel: LCBO Vintages
Producer: Château La Nerthe
Region: Provence / Rhône Valley
Appellation: Côtes-du-Rhône Villages
Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèrdre
Alcohol by Volume: 15%
Sugar Content: 3 grams per litre
The archaeological evidence is that humans have been making and drinking wine since before recorded history. For most of that time, for most of those people, there was not a lot of choice about what wine one might drink at what time. Fortunately we have more options these days, and we can think about individual wines in terms of what context they might work (taste) best. For instance, the Château La Nerthe Les Cassagnes Côtes-du-Rhône Village 2019 may be best suited as a digestif; a wine to sip after dinner, on its own.
m Les Cassages is not a nervy, acidic food wine so much as a serene, deep pool of extracted fruit: red fro Grenache and black from Syrah and Mourvèdre. It has a quality of sweetness, although the actual sugar content is very low. Despite the high alcohol, it finds balance and doesn’t register as hot, and the whole thing is bound together with the herbal notes of Provençal garrigue. The Italians would call Les Cassagnes a ‘wine of contemplation’, worthy of sipping while stating deep into a fire… or possibly Netflix.