“If God did not want man to enjoy wine then why did he make it so good?”, Cardinal Richelieu. Les Halos de Jupiter or the rings of Jupiter reinforces Richelieu’s timeless words. This is a wine that is truly suited for the gods. Jupiter, which means Zeus in Greek, is how Philippe Cambie wanted to portray his most beloved varietal of the Southern Rhone: Grenache or as he sees it, king of all varietals.
Cambie is a champion when it comes to crafting fine wines in the Southern Rhone. Undoubtedly one of the most influential oenologist (winemaker) in this region, for the past two decades Cambie has been a consultant to the finest wineries in France. He has been touched by the hands of Dionysus (god of wine) having already received four 100 point wines from Parker who notes Cambie as absolutely “brilliant”. Les Halos de Jupiter is the product of the harmonious working relationship between Cambie and Michel Gassier, owner of Chateau de Nages. Most of the vineyards are organically or biodynamically farmed. With only about 200 cases made each year, production is very limited.
This tantalizing blend made of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah intrigues the nose with complex aromas of blueberries and sweet spices including vanilla bean and nutmeg. These aromas unfold into notes of tobacco, dark chocolate, and raspberry jam. Upon first sip, the lavish dark fruit grabs a hold and first hits you with its powerful presence. The wine then proceeds to develop dark chocolate and earthy notes that linger on the palate for a pleasant finish. This truly is the house wine of Mount Olympics and it is available at Villa Creek!
Come join Cambie at Obscure & Rhonely Thursday April 28th at 7pm. Cambie will be in attendance, as usual, for the annual Hospice Du Rhone (HdR) celebration! Cambie, along with several other Rhone superstars will bring the spirit of the Rhone Valley to this great event that is HdR!
Obscure & Rhonely $75/person (click here for purchase)