PIERRE-HENRI MOREL 
2018 'SIGNARGUES' CÔTES DU RHÔNE-VILLAGES & 2016 'LIEU DIT PIGNAN' CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE

 

RHÔNE VALLEY, FRANCE

 

 

The southernmost village of the Côtes du Rhône-Villages appellation, ‘Signargues’ should be on the shortlist for any fan of Rhône reds. The region was officially granted Côtes du Rhône-Villages status in 2005, though it still remains under the radar for many. But we’re here to change that today! Formed as a partnership between Pierre-Henri Morel and Rhône icon Michel Chapoutier, the portfolio of Pierre-Henri Morel wines runs the spectrum from “superb Châteauneuf du Papes [to] killer values from the Côtes du Rhône, Gigondas and Vacqueyras” (Jeb Dunnuck). Luckily there’s no need to choose just one side of the spectrum: we’re offering the new release of 2018 Côtes du Rhône-Villages ‘Signargues’ as well as the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘Lieu dit Pignan’ (in showstopping magnum format to boot!). 

 

In 736, Signargues was the scene of a battle between Charles Martel’s troops and the Saracens who occupied Southern France at the time. Martel’s troops were victorious, and in gratitude, King Francis built a chapel in the area dedicated to Saint Jean. Today, the Signargues vineyards are planted on an old riverbed of the Rhône river, explaining the prominent deposits of rounded cobbles—strikingly red from the presence of iron oxide. These old vines produce some of the best red wines, noted for their bold character, lush texture, and distinctive aromas of herbs and black fruit. The 2018 Pierre-Henri Morel ‘Signargues’ lives up to this reputation: the Grenache- and Syrah-based wine is full of luscious red and black fruit notes, with hints of licorice and herbs on the long, spicy finish. There’s an immediate approachability to be sure, but the wine easily overdelivers its modest sub-$15 price tag. 

 

Morel began working with Chapoutier in 2000, and in 2007, the power duo decided to join forces to purchase land within Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Their purchase included the four-hectare Pignan vineyard, home to old Grenache vines with outstanding potential. After the seemingly endless press raving about 2016 as the new benchmark Rhône vintage, it comes as no surprise that the 2016 Lieu dit Pignan is exceptional. Inky in the glass and like velvet on the palate, the wine boasts layers of complexity. Expect aromas and flavors of blackberry, raspberry jam, pepper, garrigue, and spice that come together seamlessly into a wine that Dunnuck expects to be “the greatest vintage of this cuvée to date.” If you weren’t already convinced, the larger magnum format and Concierge price below $90 makes this into a must-have for serious Rhône collectors. Special prices for both wines will be available for one week only!

 

 

*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Summer 2020. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in IL, LA, MO, NY, TN, or WI.