2013 Stephane et Marjorie Gallet Effet Papillon Cotes du Roussillon Rouge 12-Pack
 
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Marjorie et Stephane Gallet Guy Savoy, Le Pré Catalan, and the Butterfly Effect

One fall day in 2010 in Paris, we did what we never do: We took a day off.

After a double espresso and a couple of croissants, we grabbed a bench in the Jardin du Luxembourg, where we read 200 rat-a-tat-tat pages of James Ellroy's L.A. Confidential. Then we took a brisk walk along the Seine. At 3 pm, we hailed a cab and made a beeline for the 7th arrondissement.

At Restaurant Guy Savoy, lunch was just winding down. That was fine with us. We hadn't come to eat, but to peruse. We asked for the wine list and went to "work," jotting down unfamiliar names of producers from Burgundy to the Languedoc-Roussillon. Then we hailed a second cab.

Our next stop was Le Pré Catelan. Again, we studied the wine list and jotted down more names. After a square-eyed look from the bartender, we ordered a bottle of Evian, then winced when the waiter dropped the bill. We peeled off three 5-euro bills and hurried out the door.

Our last stop was Le Crillon. Amidst a lobby filled with Armani, Gucci, and Hermès, we stood out like sore thumbs. As we leafed through the third wine tome of the afternoon, we stood instead of sitting, determined not to drop 20 bucks on espressos. A half-hour later, back in the Jardin du Luxembourg, we collated our notes. It was then that we realized that we'd written one estate's name three times — Marjorie and Stéphane Gallet's Roc des Anges.

If you visit France later this summer and decide to head south, make the trek to the Roussillon as we did in June. Weave your way north out of Perpignan, past the solemn, whitewashed villages that seem stuck in time. When you arrive in Montner, take the turn out of town where 100-year-old Carignan, Grenache, and Mourvèdre spider close to the ground, protecting themselves from hot, 160 km/h summer winds. When you arrive at the Stéphane and Marjorie Gallet's spanking-new Roc des Anges, head to the cellar, where you'll taste a lineup of 2013 reds that stands tall against the likes of Beaucastel, Guigal, and Tardieu-Laurent.

Drawn from an old-vine mix of deep-rooted Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah, dollar for dollar, the just-released 2013 "Effet Papillon" is the most exquisite under-$15 French red we've tasted in a couple of years.

Deep ruby/purple to the rim, infused with intoxicating primary-fruit aromas of blackberry, redcurrant, black raspberry, and sweet spice. Rich, piercing, and vividly concentrated on the attack, packed with a juicy mix of crushed red and black fruits, drizzled with crème de cassis, the finish remains penetrating and vibrant, speaking volumes to the schist soils on which these old vines thrive.



Tasting Notes

2013 Stephane et Marjorie Gallet Effet Papillon Cotes du Roussillon Rouge
"Drawn from an old-vine mix of deep-rooted Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah. Deep ruby/purple to the rim, infused with intoxicating primary-fruit aromas of blackberry, redcurrant, black raspberry, and sweet spice. Rich, piercing, and vividly concentrated on the attack, packed with a juicy mix of crushed red and black fruits, drizzled with crème de cassis, the finish remains penetrating and vibrant, speaking volumes to the schist soils on which these old vines thrive. Drink now for its juicy, primary-fruit hedonism or lay down for 3-5 years. This is superb."
-- WineAccess Travel Log

 

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