Violets and Lavender: 90 point 2015 Southern Rhône Red. $25

Dense. There’s no better wine for wintery weather than one made in a sunny spot. The rich wines of the Southern Rhône valley spend the summer soaking in the clear Provençal sun — they’re a perfect match for cold weather. Châteauneuf-du-Pape gets most of the attention in the Rhône, but if you know where to look, there are delicious, affordable wines across the valley.

The rich reds of the Domaine Malmont are a perfect example. Winemaker Nicolas Haeni grew up in the area, and now farms a small vineyard in hills east of Séguret. Malmont is tiny — Nicolas works the vines himself with only one part time employee, and his winery is a small garage attached to his house — but the quality is exceptional. With winter fully in swing we’ve been enjoying Malmont with regularly of late.


Garden. The Malmont vineyard is an extraordinary polycultural environment. Wild herbs and grasses surround Nicolas’s organically-farmed vines, and the gently sloping terraced rows buzz with life. From this verdant plot with a commanding view of the valley, Nicolas crafts an exceptional series of wines.

A tasting panel at Decanter Magazine just named Nicolas’s 2015 Séguret among the top nine Southern Rhône reds tasted. They awarded 90 points, and found a “beefy” wine with a “nicely muscular quality” and “deep-seated cherry fruit.” We’ve found it the perfect bottle for a chilly evening.

This is an unusually expressive grenache/syrah blend. The nose is dark and spiced, with notes of cassis and violets. The mouth is very rich and long, but balanced by a pleasant freshness and sturdy tannins — look for notes of lavender, cherry, black pepper, and raspberry jam. This is dark, wintery wine, as cozy as wool socks or a crackling fireplace.


MALMONT Séguret 2015
Ansonia Retail: $30
case, half-case price: $25/bot




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