Like their brethren here, sommeliers in France are making their own wines. One is Marc Besnardeau, a Paris sommelier, who married Mireille Farjon and became a vigneron. Her family estate, Domaine Les Grands Bois in Sainte-Cecile-les-Vignes, has vines that are 30 to 60 years old, which give the estate's wines a depth they wouldn't have with younger vines. Its Cotes du Rhone "Cuvee Les Trois Soeurs" is a blend of two-thirds Grenache with one third Syrah and Carignan.
The 2009 has that spicy, sauvage character of reds from the southern Rhone, richly perfumed and full-bodied, tasting of wild berries and herbs. This terrific Cotes du Rhone is perfect for a winter daube or stew, a roast or grilled lamb chops with herbes de Provence.