Some wineries are so meticulous about their methods that they go all out and appear to go overboard. Then there are wineries like Obvious, which takes that concept even further. The winery was established in the Provence by Francois de Victor in 1980. It is now run by his two sons, Olivier and Remy. The estate covers 100 acres and sits just 200 yards from the Mediterranean. It could not get any better than that.
They harvest at night to preserve the freshness of the grapes. Instead of using sulphur to preserve that freshness, they use carbon dioxide, a much more expensive additive but it leaves no residual aromas as does sulphur. The bottles are sanitized with scalding water instead of chemicals. They use no artificial chemicals or pesticides. If that is what it takes to get results like this wine, we salute them. The natural freshness and vibrancy is unmistakable. The fact that this wine shows off a pinpoint accuracy seldom found in any wine is all the facts we need.
The blend here is as classic as it gets. It is 60% Grenache and 20% each Syrah and Cinsault. Those grapes complement each other as they have for over 200 years. The Grenache presents the spice, the Syrah the strength, and the Cinsault the seduction. Together they present an amalgam enticing aromas and flavors including white peach, cherry, and watermelon. Matching with tuna tartare or chicken steeped in lemon and garlic would be divine.