92 Insider Points

REVIEWS

From such an exciting region comes a spectacular wine. A gorgeous red full of blue fruits, dark plums, violets, earth, leather. It is fullbodied and full of power. Has its taninns that are perfect for aging but can easily be drunk now! - 92 Insider Points

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Grenache
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    1.5L (Magnum)

"A Grenache dominated cuvee blended with 20% Syrah and 5% Carignan, the 2016 Languedoc Rouge sports a deep ruby color to go with juicy, fruit-forward notes of berry fruits, cracked pepper, leafy herbs and wild flowers. Juicy, forward, sexy and supple, with lots of sweet fruit, it stays elegant and silky on the palate, with medium-bodied richness and nicely integrated acidity. It’s a terrific value and will keep for 4-5 years." - 91pts. Jeb Dunnuck


Grenache and Carignan have long been cultivated in Southern France and represent the “forefathers” of the Languedoc Appellation’s red wines. An homage showcasing these varietals, this wine was subsequently labeled “Les Darons”, the affectionate expression for “The Parents” in the Parisian suburbs where winemaker Jeff Carrel was born.

TASTING NOTES 

An accessible wine with loads of character, “Les Darons” is packed with ripe, red and dark fruit aromas, with plenty of spice and a streak of underlying minerality.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Jeff Carrel, in his young adulthood, was a Parisian Chemist, not the son of a son of a vintner. He has no romantic backstory of a child reared in vineyards, but, like me, he was bitten by the wine bug; devoured is more like it. What started as a hobby grew into a passion and then bloomed into an almost religious pursuit complete with an Oenology degree. He is obsessed with sites, soil, weather, and grape varietals. As far as his winemaking, he calls himself a craftsman who is morphing into an artist. His wines are authentic, honest, flavorful and most importantly, delightful.
Jeff has worked in Beaujolais, Alsace, and Bordeaux but his true fascination is the South of France.