My previous efforts of discovering fantastic French wines that are budget friendly have been quite successful, so I decided to embark on yet another attempt. I chose to go with a Côtes du Rhône, as I fancy them in general, they have a varied price range, and my Riedel Syrah glasses are also appropriate for Côtes du Rhône blends. I selected La Cachette Côtes du Rhône 2009 with its dainty, simple homey looking label. The grapes were sourced from the vineyard that surrounds Gicon Castle in the Rhone valley.
Deep garnet in colour, a rich meaty essence dappled with fresh fruity strawberry rose from my glass. Rich blueberry and cherry flavours were highlighted by vestiges of rustic grilled mushroom notes in the full body. Spicy black pepper entwined with earthy, truffle elements composed the lengthy finish. A pleasant acidity brightened up each earthy, yet fruity sip. Soft and easy drinking, this is a fantastic, budget friendly, everyday bottle that’s at home on the table or by itself.
70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Carignan, 10% Cinsault
Côtes du Rhône
Bottled by EMB 07070A, Cornas
Enjoy now thru 2013
*Included in “Top 100 Best Buys of 2011” as complied by Wine Enthusiast