Same River Twice Vin de France Rouge 2019

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Same River Twice Vin de France Rouge 2019 is a red wine from the beautiful, historic wine region of the Ventoux, near Gigondas and Vacqueyras. It’s a landscape of hills and mountain, wild Provençal herbs that perfume the air, pine woods, lavender, olive trees, vines, and beautiful light. The dry, sunny Mediterranean climate is perfect for growing grapes.

The 2019 is in the same vein as the 2018, a fresh take on a classic blend of Grenache Noir with a touch Syrah and Carignan. There’s a touch more aromatic richness in 2019 still balanced by abundant freshness and drinkability and the wine was aged a bit longer before bottling.

Grenache provides the flesh of black cherry, red berry fruit and herbes de provence, Syrah and Carignan the spine of cool spicy notes of blackberry, cassis and black coffee. It’s dry, medium-bodied, with lively acidity and juicy, smooth tannins. Clean and persistent, it presents youthful energy.

The wine is made for us by a local artisan winemaker whose family have farmed in this region for over 300 years. The vines are between 40 and 50 years old and are grown on poor, stony, clay-limestone soils. Organic after flowering, the vineyard is farmed for sustainability with minimal treatments and use of tractor.

The wine is made with a light of touch in steel tank by native yeast, aged in concrete tank and bottled after a light filtration. There are no additives, and no manipulations other than a light dose of sulfites.

It was aged in concrete tank for nearly a year before being bottled on September 24 2020. It will evolve gently and give pleasure over several years.

Alcohol 14%

SO2 Total 48 mg/L

About the name of our wine

The name comes from a piece of timeless Stoic philosophy. Seneca quotes Heraclitus saying “We go down twice into the same river, and yet into a different river. For the stream keeps the same name but the water has already flowed past.”

For this is applicable as much to wine as with all other experiences in life. We come back to the wines we love, and there’s always something more, something different to appreciate. A wine tasted for the first time reveals new aromas and textures from first glass to last and over the course of a day or two or three. A wine that we re-visit after a few years storage will be the same wine in name, yet likely a quite different experience.

The books, the art, the music, the films, places we know remain the same yet change with each reading, viewing, listening, visit as we change, and as the world around us changes.

When I listen to the Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet today, an album recorded in 1968, it sounds masterful, complete, beautiful – and utterly different from the difficult album I first listened to as a teenager in the late 1970’s.

Same River Twice Vin de France tries to express a fresh take on a familiar aromatic palette, made with respect for, and inspired by, the traditional wine styles of southern France.