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Le XV du Président Grenache 2017
Pays d’Oc IGP, France

King Kong (1933)
MONDAY, APRIL 15 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

A rich red wine calls for a bold film. Look no further than producer-director Merian C. Cooper’s classic adventure tale about the ‘eighth wonder of the world.’ Sip this full-flavored Grenache with notes of pepper and wild herbs while exploring the wilds of Skull Island with Fay Wray and her fellow crew members. Though it was remade in the 1970s and 2000s, this original version remains the gold standard and one of Hollywood’s most iconic entertainments.

THE WINE

Lovers of velvety Rhône reds (or BIG, rich reds in general) – this one’s for you. Grenache guru Mark Hoddy’s Le XV du Président is a huge customer favorite. This spicy, southern French beauty also sports a long history of major acclaim, including gold medals and Best-in-Class honors. “Perfumed and slightly herby on the nose. Ripe raspberry jam, cherry fruit with wild bramble acidity, and juicy dry tannin. Appealing and stylish,” wrote Decanter of a past release. We expect equally impressive results from the justlaunched 2017. Delicious with roasted game meats, beef, and more.

THE GRAPE

Called ‘Garnacha’ in its native Spain, Grenache is the third-most planted red grape in the world, right behind Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Full of ripe strawberry, red cherry, and spice flavors, it’s favored by many winemakers as a great blending grape. Its most famous role: a star turn in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. But in the right vineyard, it can also produce delicious, heady wines on its own. Here’s Mark, posing with the 100-year-old vines that produce Le XV.

THE REGION

WM_MarkHoddy_MidiMtnsXVbtlThe Roussillon region can produce “outstanding dry wines from Grenache,” says Master of Wine Jancis Robinson. Mark’s ‘presidential’ red is crafted with premium fruit from some of the best vineyards across the Roussillon and neighboring Languedoc. Many of the vines are over 100 years old, and while they may yield a miserly amount of grapes, the ones they do produce are seriously concentrated.

WITH FOOD

beef_brisketRoussillon is wild boar country, where hunting is the sport of choice. Locally, a rich wine like Le XV du Président would be enjoyed with hearty game dishes such as boar stew. Here in the U.S., venison or even pheasant would be ideal. Game meat not readily available? Try Le XV with a juicy, peppery steak or a slab of brisket (served with a tangy, tomato-based sauce).

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