This past weekend we were in Connecticut for my husband’s Bar Association Regional Negotiation Competition [Yes he won, and we are headed to Dallas in the next couple of weeks for the National Competition] Our hotel was right next to the Yale campus so there was a good selection of interesting restaurants and a even a few wine shops. I found one shop, The Wine Thief to have a fantastic selection of many bottles most from different importers and distributers then the ones that stock the shelves in my local area. Consequently, I arrived home with an alluring assortment of wines that I can’t wait to pour. My sister was over last night and I had her select a bottle, she chose Brotte La Griveliѐre Tete de Cuvee Côtes du Rhône 2011.
A family owned négociant firm, Domaine Brotte was founded in 1931 by Charles Brotte, the grandfather of the current owner. The company was established a winery in order to bottle wines from other producers. Throughout the years the family has expanded their operations, and now owns about 60 hectares of their own vineyards. This wine was produced from a blend of grapes cultivated by several partner winegrowers along the Rhône River.
Cranberry garnet in colour, after aerating aromas of raspberry, rhubarb, chocolate and dried rose petal swirled about. Juicy raspberry and pomegranate flavours were joined by silky smooth tannins and hints of earthy leather in the medium body. Spicy black pepper and dried cherry elements fortified the moderate finish. Pleasantly straightforward, this is a fantastic value wonderful for everyday sipping.
80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Carignan, 5% Mourvèdre
Côtes du Rhône
Bottled at Châteauneuf du Pape by Brotte Negociant Eleveur
Enjoy now thru 2015