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Alexandre Sirech Les Grands Terroirs


Year
Vintage
2006
Variety
Variety
Merlot
Style
Style
Bold
Origin
Appellation & Country
Bordeaux, France
Pairing
Pairing
Meat
$32.00 per bottle
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Origin
The origin of this wine is more complicated than most French wines, as it is made using a practice more commonly found in Australia than in France— blending across regions, a controversial practice in the country known for rigidly controlled appellations. But there is more than one way to make good wine. Here, the Merlot comes from the Merlot-specializing centers of Bordeaux, while the Syrah comes from the south of France.
Pairings
This blend was tailor-made to accompany grilled red meats like steak and lamb, but it also works well with game, pâté, sausages and salami. It has a natural affinity for ingredients from the south of France, such as tomatoes, onions, garlic, olive oil and a broad array of aromatic herbs like rosemary, pepper, thyme and marjoram.

Serve at room temperature (64°F).
Winemaker
A former wine sales broker from Bordeaux, Alexandre Sirech had a prodigious career in the beverage industry, which took him for a time to Cuba, managing the blending of rum in a distillery. It was there that he realized he could use blending techniques to make consistently good wines at reasonable prices. That revelation became his first wine, the nonvintage Les Deux Terroirs (“the two soils”), an idea he has expanded here to focus on a high-end vintage product.
The Wine
In the old days before strictly enforced regulations, Syrah from the Rhône regularly (and secretly) found its way into Bordeaux wines to give them heft. Sirech does that here, just out in the open, creating a shockingly complex and intriguing red that shows the red and black currant notes of great Bordeaux with the spice and herbal complexity of a great Syrah.

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