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.
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
Vendors and website: http://www.chateaumontredon.com
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
Vendors and website: http://discovervin.com.au
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.
Vendors and website: http://www.guigal.com
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.
Price: Mid $20s
Vendors and website: http://www.chateaudesegries.fr
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
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
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 medium length and the flavours of cherry and raspberry carry through. A very balanced wine that offers enjoyable day-to-day drinking.
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 bush and plum characters carrying through. There’s a bit of alcohol heat there too, but not enough to throw the wine off course. A bbq wine. Acceptable to Good
Xavier’s 2009 vintage Côtes du Rhône has a bright ruby colour in the glass. Its aromatics remind of plum skins, plum, pepper and thyme, and is perhaps just a little cooked. The palate is dry with slightly astringent tannins, medium-high acidity, and medium intensity flavours of cherry and plums. There is short to medium length on the finish. Overall, the alcohol and acid on this wine are a bit prominent to say that this wine is completely in balance, but nonetheless this wine has a certain drinkability and fruit that will see it happily consumed. Acceptable to Good
Vendors: Check http://www.wine-searcher.com/
Region: Côtes du Rhône
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