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Firstly, Syrius, also spelled Sirius, is the alpha or brightest star of the constellation Canis Major, known also as Orion's Dog. It is the brightest star in the heavens, best seen in winter and in summer. There are 22 village names within the larger Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation that are allowed to be identified if 100% of the production comes from within that village’s borders.  One not-so-commonly-encountered village is Saint-Gervais. Located on the right bank of the Rhône as it flows south to the Mediterranean, this area is made up of a series of limestone plateaus that reach up to 200 meters above sea level called “Les Cellettes.” They produce wines that have a very unique style and character. A regional phenomenon is the Mistral, a wind that rushes down the Rhône River valley and provides a cooling influence in this otherwise hot climate. Vines are planted on red clay, sandstone and stony soil on the plateaus which assist the wine in obtaining powerful aromas. Claire Clavel is the current generation winemaker of the estate which has been around since 1640. A 70/30 blend of Grenache and Syrah, it delivers a beautiful crimson color with bright hints. The nose is expressive with mint, candied fruit and sweet spices. The palate is round and concentrated, wrapped in silky tannins with a nice length. Meat dishes including game, lamb or rabbit will pair well. Ready to drink now, it can be enjoyed through to 2024. 91 Points Wine Enthusiast.

2017 DOMAINE CLAVEL SYRIUS CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES SAINT-GERVAIS V18144, $19.95.

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