Rhône Valley producer Les Dauphins introduced two new wines in the U.S. market in November 2016. Imported in 18 markets by Monsieur Touton Selection Ltd., Les Dauphins Organic Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge ($15 a 750-ml. bottle) is a blend of 60-percent Grenache, 30-percent Syrah, 5-percent Mourvèdre and 5-percent Carignan. Sourced near the villages of Drôme and Vaucluse in the Southern Rhône, the wine is made using fruit from vineyards with an average age of 40 years. Distributed in 15 states by Plume Ridge Wine Import & Wholesale, the Côtes du Rhône Villages Puyméras Rouge ($18) comprises 70-percent Grenache, 20-percent Syrah and 10-percent Mourvèdre. The wine hails from the village of Puyméras and the vines averaged 30 years of age.
The Les Dauphins brand first launched in Europe in 2011, where it became one of the fastest-growing French wine brands in the region. The brand depleted 200,000 cases in 2014, according to the company. Les Dauphins initially debuted in the U.S. market in summer 2015 with the launch of entry-level white, rosé and red wine offerings, also handled by Monsieur Touton and Plume Ridge. The new offerings aim to meet increasing consumer interest in village and cru level wines from the Rhône. For more information, visit Lesdauphins-rhone.com.