• Les Darons by Jeff Carrel 2017 91-93

    Les Darons by Jeff Carrel 2017

    Killer Value

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    Reg. $21.99

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    91-93pts Jeb Dunnuck

    It's ready to drink now, and a great price. Pour a glass of this beautifully approachable class act in a bottle and then get to work on the best roast chicken recipe ever. You'll need a 5 pounder. Preheat the oven to 425. Put together a seasoning mix of sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, good quality onion and garlic powder, and porcini salt. Pat the chicken dry inside and out, and sprinkle the cavity generously with the seasonings. Place 2-3 whole crimini mushrooms and 2-3 peeled garlic cloves in the cavity. Tie the legs together and fold back the wings and then drizzle with EVOO. Rub to moisten the chicken and then sprinkle with seasoning mix. Cut two peeled medium red onions in half and place around the chicken in the roasting pan. Cook on 425 for 10 minutes and then reduce temp to 350, basting twice over the course of cooking time. When chicken is almost done, turn oven up to 425 and cook just until it reaches that temp again. Let the chicken rest for a minimum of 25 minutes. Drizzle generously with pan juices when you serve. Steamed broccoli with lemon brown butter sauce is a great companion. Be sure you get enough wine because you won't want this meal to end...

    Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Languedoc Les Darons is made from 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 5% Carignan that’s mostly from older vines in the Minervois. It saw a touch of whole clusters in the fermenters and is still aging all in concrete tanks. It's deep purple (almost inky) and offers a sensational perfume of blueberries, blackberries, licorice, ground pepper, and earth. Deep, full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, and long, it shows the purity and sexiness of the 2017 vintage and is going to be a killer value." Jun 2018

    Winery: "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."

    Bottle: 750ml, cork
    Varietal: 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Carignan
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    Aging: 7 months in concrete tank
    Region: Languedoc Roussilon, France