Cotes du Rhone Nouveau, Marcel Richaud 2020 (Rhone, France)
Marcel and his family have been making wine in Carainne, southern Rhone, for generations. Marcel took over from his father almost 50 years ago and immediately stopped using any chemicals in the vineyard (basically unheard of in this part of France back then), stopped selling to the locol co-op and started bottling under his own name. This is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Carignan fermented whole cluster carbonic for 6 days, then pressed off to tank for a few months, then bottled unfiltered with just a touch of sulfur. Juicy, spiced red and blue fruit with a lipsmacking finish.