De Boel Cotes De Rhone Villages 'Aleph' Massif d'Uchaux 2018 75cl 14% ABV
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De Boel Cotes de Rhone Villages Aleph Massif d'Uchaux, Rhone Valley, France
The Syrah and Grenache grapes for this Cotes-du-Rhone Villages are sourced from calcareous sandstone and produce a full bodied yet velvety smooth Red Wine with aromas and flavours of fresh blackberry, blackcurrant and black olive. The Wine is fermented using natural yeasts and 30% of it is matured in French oak to give it that added peppery spice and further harmonise and soften the wine.
De Boel are very much new kids on the block in the northern Rhône, but through their artistic labels and exquisite wine pay tribute to the cuisine, history and people of the Massif d'Uchaux area.
Aleph is the name of the first letter of the Phoenician alphabet. This A meant ox, and when turned upside down portrayed the horns of an ox. The 1830 engraving on the label illustrates the 'boeuf gras' ceremony - a carnival during which butchers would parade their oxen, decorated with flowers and ribbons.
Aleph drinks beautifully now but can equally be enjoyed over the next 5 years.