The Grizzly Rouge (2013) is a blend of Syrah (35%), Grenache (30%), and Mourvèdre (35%) from old vines (average age is 45 years and, according to Brotons, some are as old as 65 years) with low yields. With grapes that are highly concentrated, coupled with a long maceration and aging in oak barrels on fine lees for 12 months, this elegant wine has several layers of flavor.
The wine is a quite dark Garnet color, has a medium body, and enough structure to effectively support its 14% alcohol. The long maceration and fermentation are in stainless steel followed by 12 months in oak. Black fruit, hints of licorice, and definite spicy aromas dominate the nose and palate. The finish is very pleasing. The Grizzly went perfectly with the pizza although I think a juicy burger or leg of lamb would be divine.
|Appellation||Côtes de Provence|
|Producer||Clos de l'Ours|
|Pairs with||Grilled meats, burgers, lamb kabobs, charcuterie|
|Available in USA?||No|
|Average Bottle Price||$ 19.00|
|Date of Notes||12/09/2016|
|Notes by||Susan M|
|Alcohol by Volume (ABV)||14%|