Movie & Wine Pairing


Les Hauts de Font Rocher 2015
Lirac AOC, France

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

Few movies from Hollywood’s golden age can rival the all-star cast of Mutiny on the Bounty, the only film to earn Oscar nominations for three leading actors: Clark Gable, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone. Enjoy the competing talents onscreen with this captivating red from the southern Rhône, with four grapes contributing to its complex structure and flavors of ripe berry and spice.


This powerful red discovery hails from Lirac (the southern Rhône’s hidden gem) and the spectacular 2015 vintage. It’s a rich marriage of Grenache (60%), Syrah (20%), Mourvèdre (15%) and Cinsault (5%), all hand-harvested from a prime-sited vineyard first planted in 1628! Left unoaked to preserve the pure fruit flavors, it boasts layers of ripe black fruit and subtle spice – and a coveted gold medal from the Concours des Vins d’Avignon.


Recently, some of the biggest names in world-famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape have crossed the river to take full advantage of Lirac’s prime terroir (like Mont-Redon, who make “some of the greatest Châteauneufs” Robert Parker has ever tasted). For now, Lirac remains a bit under-the-radar, but it was actually the Rhône’s first “Côte.” In the 16th century, Lirac’s rich wines were quite popular at courts around Europe. Eager to protect that royal cachet, winemakers began branding C.d.R. (Côtes du Rhône) on their barrels to certify the contents before shipping them to thirsty, regal fans.


Grenache is a mega-watt star in the southern Rhône, prized by winemakers for its seductive texture and beguiling red raspberry flavors. It’s also famous for yielding wines with a bit higher alcohol – 14.5 to 15% is not uncommon. Here, it’s blended with Syrah (which adds spicy, berry flavor), Mourvèdre (which gives deep color and structure) and a splash of Cinsault (for its aromatic complexity).


Many Rhône locals are big into hunting (boars are a pretty serious vineyard pest, so it’s all for the good of the grapes!). Our favorite pairing for this special cuvée is venison. Go traditional with a dish like Civet de Cerf (venison braised in red wine), or try something daring, like a venison carpaccio. Alternatively, sip this with your favorite lamb, beef or pork dish.

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