Les Dauphins Reserve, Rouge Cotes-du-Rhone 2013

The Data

Country   France

Appellation   Cotes-du-Rhone

Varietal   Red Blend

Retail Price   $12.99

ABV   13%

In the Glass

Appearance

Deep, crimson red with hints of ruby.

Aromatics

The nose classically represents the region offering waves of ripe and dried tart berries with accents of earth, wild flowers, brown baking spices, and dried herbs.

Flavor

The palate echoes the nose delivering a juicy core of ripe black fruits with flanking notes of herbs, earth, and spice.

Intensity & Texture

Medium-bodied with ideal balance along with a vibrant dose of acidity and soft tannins.

Cool Factor

A

Who doesn't love a good Côtes du Rhône sold at a sensible price?

Value Grade

A

I drink a good deal of Côtes du Rhône because it's hard to find wines that offer more pleasure and style for the dollar.

Analysis

The wines from Les Dauphins have taken Europe by storm. The perfect combination of style, hedonistic pleasure and value have made the brand an overnight success. Now these wines have arrived in the US. Their Côtes du Rhône Rouge is made with a classic blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre from vines that average 30 years in age.

How to Enjoy

This needs nothing more than a glass but it's fantastic with nearly everything from pizza to Coq au Vin.

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