In a nutshell: Great juicy, fruity and spicy Vin de Pays from the Southern Rhone.
The lowdown: Domaine Burle is a cracking Gigondas producer and this is their 'little' Vin de Pays, wine of the land, so labelled because the vineyard sits just outside the Gigondas appellation and while the blend is classically predominately Grenache it also includes some on the new varieties Marselan and Caladoc. Burle is run by brothers Damien and Florent and their wines have a rustic bent with no destemming of the bunches resulting in wines with fruit and guts! Lots of lifted dark berry aromas lead onto a fruity palate with notes of dark cherry, touches of wild herbs, and a nice bit of a spicy kick.
When to drink: Great value weekday wine, will work well with grilled meats and vegetables.
This family estate sits just outside the southern Rhône village of Gigondas and has been in opertion since the 1930s. When Edmond Burle, grandson of the founder, took over in 1965 the estate first started to get a bit of attention under his energetic leadership and they first started bottling their own wines in 1968. In the early 1990s his sons, Damien and Florent who remain at the helm today, joined him and took control in 2004 following their father's death. Florent manages the vineyards and Damien is responsible for the winemaking. As well as vineyards in Gigondas they also produce wines from the neighbouring southern Rhône village of Vacqueyras together with wines under the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation. Their style is for wines that display an honest rusticity combined with real drinkability.