I adore Côtes du Rhône wines. With their rustic earthiness, spice and bright fruit flavours, they can range in price from very cheap to quite expensive. Whilst I am apt to be selective on the mid-range budget friendly bottles, I generally find it difficult to pass by the really inexpensive ones, as they can turn out to be incredibly tasty and a great value. I picked up Clerget Pont du Rhône Côtes du Rhône 2010 for that very reason. [Although upon opening, a hazy stench of mold and rotten brie had greeted me, so I did have to return the initial bottle I purchased as it was corked. Thankfully the second bottle was fine.]
With foundation documents dating back to 1268, Raoul Clerget is listed in the Guinness Book of Business Records as the oldest company in France. In 1997 they were acquired by the Tresch group, specializing in Burgundy wines; the company now develops a range of regional, varietal wines. Partnering with more than 120 domaines, Raoul Clerget works closely with the vineyards in order to satisfy their ideology that “Each wine must express the character of its native soil”.
Dark ruby in colour, aromas of strawberry, toasty oak and cigar box spices radiated from the glass. Bright, fruity flavours of strawberry and cherry unfolded into warm earthy notes and slightly astringent green tea tannins in the light to medium body. Spicy black pepper and smoky oak elements comprised the moderate finish. Silky smooth and budget friendly, this is an enjoyable, simple and easy drinking glass.
Winemaker’s Côte du Rhône blend
Enjoy now thru 2014