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Delas Saint-Esprit Côtes du Rhône 2017

From Delas, this is a sound Côtes du Rhône rouge from the 2017 vintage.  It has aromas of berry and spices.  The palate is medium bodied with moderate acidity and chalky tannins.  Ready to drink now.  Rating: Good.  Website:  http://www.delas.com/en/; wine-searcher.com.  Reviewed: June 2020.

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Paul Jaboulet Ainé Parallèle 45 Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2018

This wine is a blend of grenache blanc, viognier, marsanne and bourboulenc. So a couple of less frequently seen grape varieties in an Australian context (grenache blanc and bourboulenc). The distinctive feature of this wine is its very full bodied, viscous palate. The viognier seemingly tries to break out of the wine and go it alone, revealing its distinctive apricot kernel character and the palate has an at times thick syrup like texture. The finish is dry and the acidity low. A full bodied slightly wobbly wine that is ready to drink now. Rating: Acceptable. Website: https://www.paul-jaboulet-aine.fr. Reviewed: June 2020.

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Tardieu-Laurent Côtes du Rhône Villages Les Becs Fins 2017

This is a heady Côtes du Rhône Villages wine. It opens to spicy and peppery aromatics.  The palate is full bodied and the length on the finish medium. Spices, rosemary and some raisined, but savoury, fruit emerges with time.  Ready to drink now.  Rating: Good. Abv: 14.0.  Price:  $20.  Website:  http://tardieu-laurent.fr/en/la-maison-2/.  Reviewed:  May 2020. 

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Rive droite, rive gauche Côtes du Rhône 2017

This is a very drinkable grenache, syrah and mourvèdre blend from the Côtes du Rhône. There are aromas of red fruits, and a balanced palate with soft tannins. Ready to drink now, this wine is best served chilled. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $21. Website: NA.

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Mont-Redon Réserve Côtes du Rhône 2012

Château Mont-Redon is a négociant based in Châteauneuf du Pape in the southern Rhône valley.  I’ve enjoyed releases from this producer in the past, and I particularly recall their 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape that I rated highly back in 2012 – see my review here).  In contrast, their Côtes du Rhône release from the 2012 vintage is an entry level affair.  It’s a blend of syrah and grenache (proportions not disclosed).  Game meats, spice and red plum skins feature by way of aromatics.  The palate is full bodied, the length shortish and the fruit not particularly concentrated, but equally the wine is in balance, perfectly pleasant and keenly priced.

Rating: Acceptable to Good
Abv: 14%
Price: $18
Vendors and website: http://www.chateaumontredon.com
Tasted: 2016

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Domaine Roche-Audran Côtes du Rhône 2014

I was impressed by this Côtes du Rhône from Domaine Roche-Audran.  It’s a blend of 70% grenache, 15% syrah and 15% carignan, the vineyard is biodynamic and the vines are between 35 and 100 years old.  In the glass, it’s a step up from the usual CDR.  It has complex aromatics of white pepper, peppercorn, rosemary and plums.  The palate is similar, with chewy, savoury tannins and good length.  The syrah and the carignan, I think, have been used to very good effect in this blend, adding pepper and spice to its grenache core.

Rating: Good to Very Good
Abv: 14%
Price: $28
Source: sample
Vendors and website: http://discovervin.com.au
Tasted: 2016

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Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2011

I view Guigal’s Côtes du Rhône as the entry level benchmark of the southern Rhone valley style of GSM (grenache, syrah and mourvedre) blends.  It is universally available in my experience, well made and is good value.  The blend is in fact 50% syrah, 45% grenache and 5% mourvedre.  An “SGM” blend somehow rolls of the tongue less easily however.

The 2011 vintage tasted here reminds of plum skins and spice, with some textural tannins on the mid palate.  I’d buy more of this.  Lovely drinking.

Rating: Good
Abv: 14%
Price: $20
Vendors and website: http://www.guigal.com
Tasted: 2016

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Château de Ségriès Côtes-du-Rhône 2013

It’s not so easy to find out information about this wine, but from what I can see and taste it is probably a blend of grenache, syrah and mourvedre from around Lirac in the Rhone Valley.  Lirac sits adjacent to Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the southern part of the Rhone Valley, just north of Avignon and on the right bank of the Rhone river.  The 2013 vintage of their Côtes du Rhône tasted here has aromatics of blueberries and old cedar wood.  Its palate though is its strength.  It has a lovely savoury balance to it, with flavours of blueberry, textural fleshy tannins and good length.  I’d buy more of this.  A very good value Côtes du Rhône.

Rating: Good
Abv: 14%
Price: Mid $20s
Vendors and website: http://www.chateaudesegries.fr
Tasted: 2015

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Rive droite, rive gauche Côtes du Rhône 2013

This is a very gluggable Côtes-du-Rhône that will provide a lot of joy for just under $20 per bottle.  A blend of 60% grenache, 30% syrah and 10% mourvedre and cinsaut it has juby aromatics of cherry, strawberry and pastilles.  The palate is towards full bodied with cherry and spice notes, and good length.  Good

Abv: not recorded, Price: $20, Vendors and website: http://www.wine-searcher.com, Tasted: 2015

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Les Vignerons d’Estezargues Terre de Mistral Côtes du Rhône 2012

The Terre de Mistral is a blend of 60% grenache, 20% syrah and 20% carignan and is a very good Côtes du Rhône red.  Deeply coloured, its aromatics remind principally of dark cherry, red plum and plum skims, with some deli meats, game and spice characters with some time in the glass.  The palate is between medium and full bodied, has mildly textured chalky tannins and flavours of cherry, plum and plum skins.  There’s good length on the finish.  Overall, the wine achieves a balance, moreishness and complexity often unseen in Côtes du Rhône wines.

Rating: Good to Very Good, Abv: 14.5%, Price: $29, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.cesoirwine.com/, Website: n/a, Tasted: 2014