Domaine de l'Agramante "M'Arricriu" Côtes-du-Rhône 2019
Grenache-Syrah Blend｜Rhône, France
A modest $25 gets way more wine than you bargained for in this stunning, pitch-perfect Cotes-du-Rhone rouge.
Founded by Sicilian native Carlos La Rocca, he quit his job as a chemical engineer to move to the bucolic south of France to start his life over as a winemaker, settling in Sabran, nestled in the hills between Orange and Nîmes, part of the southern Rhône expanse.
His “M’Arricriu” is a blend of mostly Grenache, with a medley of Syrah, Cinsault, and Counoise all backing up this stellar, juicy, unmistakably Mediterranean natural red. Bold, sauvage notes of dark plums, Indian spices, blue flowers, mint-chocolate, and bay leaf abound, with a pleasingly chewy finish that's pure and unadulterated by new oak or massive syrupy fruit. It’s a raw, natural expression of the countryside in Sabran. This 2019 marks only his second vintage and if it’s any indication, he’s got a very bright future ahead.
Organic certification is underway and will be certified in 3-5 years, but meanwhile everything is already totally natural and chemical-free. No herbicides or any other harmful “cides” are used – he ferments all naturally, harvests by hand, and the wines are barely sulfured at bottling, resulting in as pure a cuvée as you’ll find.
Chewy, fragrant, and just absolutely delicious, this $25 Rhône red completely overperforms for the money.