Les Courtilles Cotes du Rhone 2014

Blended Red from France - Rhone
Review Date : 13-Sep-2016
Dark-hearted ruby-red colour with light garnet hues on edge. This has an elegant and restrained nose with herb-nuanced red berry fruits, along with suggestions of raspberries and spice, black pepper and soft earthy elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate is up-front with a rounded and softly concentrated core of savoury dark raspberry and red berry fruits intermixed with subtle layers of spice and earthy detail. The fruit grows in sweetness and richness on mid-palate and is balanced by fine-grained tannin extraction and integrated acidity. Some underlying alcoholic power drives the wine, leading to a dry-textured, savoury-fruited finish. This is an up-front, savoury red-fruited Cotes du Rhone which grows in richness and structure, along with some alcoholic power. Match with roasted red meats and semi-hard cheeses over the next 3-4 years. A blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Carignan from 35 y.o. vines between Orange and Avignon, predominantly hand-picked, destemmed and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine blended with 20% barrel-aged Cotes du Rhone Villages fruit from the Pan de Dieu. Winemaker: Bernard Schurr. 16.5+/20 Sep 2016 RRP $25.00

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