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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.Continue readingDelas Saint-Esprit Côtes du Rhône 2017

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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…Continue readingPaul Jaboulet Ainé Parallèle 45 Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2018

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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. Continue readingTardieu-Laurent Côtes du Rhône Villages Les Becs Fins 2017

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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.Continue readingRive droite, rive gauche Côtes du Rhône 2017

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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…Continue readingMont-Redon Réserve Côtes du Rhône 2012

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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,…Continue readingDomaine Roche-Audran Côtes du Rhône 2014

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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…Continue readingGuigal Côtes du Rhône 2011

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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…Continue readingChâteau de Ségriès Côtes-du-Rhône 2013

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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…Continue readingRive droite, rive gauche Côtes du Rhône 2013

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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…Continue readingLes Vignerons d’Estezargues Terre de Mistral Côtes du Rhône 2012

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Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2010

Guigal’s Côtes du Rhône is a reliable favourite.  The 2010 vintage is mostly a blend of syrah (49%) and grenache (48%) with a splash of mourvèdre (3%) from vines that average 35 years old.  The result is good as usual.  It has savoury aromatics of cherry, raspberry and plum skins.  The palate has short to…Continue readingGuigal Côtes du Rhône 2010

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Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2012

This is not bad for $18.  Unlike most Cote du Rhone wines which are usually grenache dominant, this CDR is made from 100% syrah.  Between purple and ruby in colour, it has aromatics of cut lavender bush, cooked strawberries and plums.  There is some length and hints of depth on the palate, with the lavender…Continue readingSaint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2012