2007 Chateau Calissanne Cuvee du Chateau Rouge
The ancient town of Lancon, located in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France, is surrounded by forests, garrigue (very prone to fire in the summer), and vineyards. Chateau Calissanne is one of the larger wine estates in the area. Here estate manager and winemaker Jean Bonnet has been tending the hillside vineyards for over 30 years, producing classic, ripe renditions of reds, whites, and roses. Bonnet now farms the 100 hectares of limestone-covered land organically.
The 2007 vintage was spectacular across southern France, not just in the Rhone, but also to the east in Provence. The lengthy summer, with perfect weather through September and into October, provided optimal conditions for allowing grapes to ripen on the vines. As a result, Bonnet harvested impressively concentrated Grenache, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon for this cuvee. The Grenache offers authentic garrigue flavors, while the Cabernet adds impressive structure to the wine. The Syrah contributes with supple tannins and spices.
Winemaker Jean Bonnet
The result is a wine that's deep red in color, with aromas of raspberries, leather, and coffee. Not only does it offer a substantial presence on the palate, there's also an appealing vibrancy and a clean finish.
This wine is a perfect complement to Mediterranean fare like ratatouille made with fresh summer vegetables, or pissaladiere, the Provencal equivalent of an Italian pizza.