Lard des Choix Rouge, René-Jean Dard & Hervé Souhaut

Champs Libres, Ardèche
The labour of 2 well-known vignerons, Hervé Souhaut and René-Jean Dard (Dard et Ribo). Lard des Choix is a chillable and eminently gluggable blend of Gamay and Syrah weighing in at 14% given the record heat of the vintage. It effortlessly combines frivolity (imagine just crushed red grape juice) and cheeky terroir notes of black olives and pepper, eventually revealing those beautifully eloquent primary Syrah aromas: sweet violets, orange blossom, juicy black olives and silky blueberry fruit.