Waitrose Cotes du Rhone-Villages - Waitrose

Waitrose Cotes du Rhone-Villages


Vegetarian Award - IWC medal: Silver (2011 Vintage) Award - IWSC medal: Bronze (2011 Vintage)
Vintage: 2011
Region: Rhone , France
Colour: Red
Style: Medium Bodied
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure Type: Screw cap
Alcohol by vol: 14.0% vol
Spicy red berries and cloves. Delicious! Made by winemaker Laurent Pratx in the southern Rhône, this is a characteristic Côtes du Rhône-Villages blend of grapes, 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre. It is a perfect wine for partnering with hearty casseroles, sausages, game, pasta or cheese fondue.

The Rhône is home to some of the oldest vineyards in France and is the spiritual home of Mediterranean varieties. Here the climate is influenced by the warm Mediterranean and is renowned for the Mistral winds.

The reds of the Rhône's steep northern slopes rank among the finest examples of terroir-driven varieties such as Syrah. The most presitious of the whites is Condrieu, made on the steep slopes of the village — and these hedonistic wines are best drunk in relative youth.

As one heads south, the hills disperse and the land opens up into a glorious panoramic view of a sea of vines. This is Grenache country. Although many of the wines are based on Grenache blends, they vary hugely in style, depending on region, yield and ageing process. Yes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape still leads the way but there are many satellite regions that offer exceptional value for money. Often Côtes du Ventoux and Côtes du Rhône show extremely well in relative price terms.