Grignan Les Adhemar
Grignan Les Adhemar is a small appellation in southern Rhone, on the left bank of the Rhone River. Produced from a blend of several grapes, including Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Marselan; this last has recently been added to the list of approved varieties.

The reds are in the “middle ground” of Rhone reds, with more richness than a Cotes-du-Rhone, but less power than a nothern Rhone such as Cote-Rotie. Rosés, crafted from the same grapes as the reds (less Marselan) comprise about 20% of the appellations output. These are dry rosés with very good character, as this is a Mediterranean climate that allows for a god balance between ripeness and acidity.

There is also a small percentage of dry whites (about 10% of total production), produced from Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Viognier. Depending on the blend, the wines can be quite perfumed, especially with large percentages of Marsanne and Viognier, as the wines display aromas of honey, apricot and white spice.

About 15% of Grignan Les Adhemar wines are exported; prices are very reasonable, with some very good reds in the $10-12 range on retail shelves. (Wine/Appellations)