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Of all the French wine, Rhone reds are consistently some of the most popular and best sellers, thanks in part to the wide variety of Rhone wine that's available. You'll find stellar value bottles under $10, terrifically complex mid-range wines, and the coveted and collectible Chateauneuf du Papes.
Northern Rhone wines are rustic and traditional Syrah-based reds, while the wines from the southern Rhone are more Grenache-heavy (though there are dozens of permitted grapes for the area). The whites are generally richer in style, combining Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and/or Marsanne. In addition, the roses from this area are some of the country's best.
WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 5/1/2020 Crisp blackberry and plum flavors are edged by earthen nuances of bramble and forest floor in this full-bodied blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah. It’s juicy but briskly concentrated, framed by ripe, integrated tannins. Enjoy this mouthfilling but easy-quaffing red while it’s young. (Anna Lee C. Iijima)
JS9696 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, October 11, 2019 Traditionally dominated by clairette (45%) and grenache blanc (30%), then roussanne and bourboulenc. The vines average 50+ years and there’s a very restrained nose with dialed-back white-pear and chalk aromas with dried flowers, too. The palate has a super fresh, zippy feel and a long, juicy and attractive core of fresh, salty minerals. The balance is innate and very fluid. Drink or hold.RP94+94–96 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Aug 2019 The final blend of the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau will include 60% to 65% Grenache, 15% each Mourvèdre and Syrah, with the remainder Cinsault. Boasting complex scents of roses, black tea, raspberries and cherries on the nose, it follows that up with a full-bodied palate that’s silky and airy in texture yet flavorful and tremendously long on the finish. It fits perfectly with the Brunier’s stated goal of pursuing elegance.VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2021 Shimmering ruby-red. Expansive red fruit preserve, lavender and allspice scents show excellent clarity and pick up a hint of incense with air. Gently chewy and energetic on the palate, offering alluringly sweet cherry, black raspberry and spicecake flavors that flesh out steadily on the back half. Shows impressive depth but comes off lively, finishing extremely long and spicy, with building tannins adding final grip.JD93+93–95 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - August 16, 2019 The grand vin is the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape. It’s an elegant version of this cuvée, offering beautiful blueberry, raspberry, crushed violet, graphite, and crushed rock-like minerality. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and balanced, it’s polished and seamless, yet has plenty of tannins as well as richness, and is going to evolve beautifully. (Jeb Dunnuck)
WE9696 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/31/2019 A whiff of violet introduces ripe but pristine blackberries and cherries in this fleshy but delightful blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. It’s sleek and silky on the palate yet anchored by firm granite tones and fine, taut tannins that reverberate through an extended finish. Irresistible already it is likely to gain finesse and depth well through 2035.SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - May 31, 2020 Densely fruited, with layers of red currant, raspberry and plum fruit paste flavors that stretch out slowly, unveiling notes of cedar, garrigue, brick dust and incense. A warm stone detail drives the finish, accented by well-buried acidity that keeps all the elements fresh and defined within the old-school rubric. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2021 through 2036. 3,700 cases made, 800 cases imported.VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Dec 2019 Vivid ruby. Highly perfumed red fruit scents are complicated by suggestions of garrigue, licorice and white pepper. Spicy and focused on the palate, displaying vibrant raspberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors along with a building smoky nuance. Finishes with resonating spiciness, a suggestion of Chambord and youthfully chewy tannins.JD9191 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 8/28/2018 A blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre brought up in a mix of stainless steel and old barrels, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos du Roi is a ripe, sexy wine. Dried cherries, blackberries, loamy soil, and hints of cured meats give way to a rounded, supple, elegant 2016 that has moderate tannin and good length. Drink it over the coming decade. (Jeb Dunnuck)JS9191 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Mellow, rich aromas of red fruit and berry pastry with garrigue, raspberry liqueur and sweet, berry cream. The palate has a suave, long and succulent core of powerful tannins. Long and dense. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.
JD9090 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 2/16/2022 I’m always amazed at the quality this estate gets in the Côtes du Rhône, especially at the quantities produced. Their 2018 Côtes Du Rhône is well worth seeking out and has a medium-bodied, round, silky style as well as textbook peppery herbs, violets, bouquet garni, and both red and black fruits. It shows the supple, charming, forward style of the vintage and is ideal for drinking over the coming 4–5 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)RP89+89–91 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Oct 2019 Looking more complex and complete than the 2017 at this point, the 2018 Cotes du Rhone still has a year or so of élevage ahead of it. It has a slightly herbal, briary note, dark berry fruit and hints of mocha on the full-bodied palate. Round and fleshy, it finishes smooth and velvety. (Joe Czerwinski)SP8787 pts. - Wine Spectator - Feb 28, 2022 Dusty-edged, with understated cherry and red currant fruit flavors lined liberally with sandalwood and balsam wood notes. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now. 45,000 cases imported. (James Molesworth)