Vignerons D’Estézargues ‘Rive Droite, Rive Gauche’ Côtes du Rhône 2012

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Consistently an excellent value, I pick up Les Vignerons D’Estézargues wines whenever I happen upon them. From their bag in box ‘From the Tank’ collaboration to singular Côtes du Rhône bottles, they are always enjoyable and great to pair with anything from pizza to truffled brie to grilled veggies and tempeh.

Les Vignerons D’Estézargues is a co-operative winery of 10 different growers in the small town of Estézargues, just west of Avignon. Founded in 1965, they became a pioneer for quality and individuality in their wines when in 1995 they began to vinify their wines separately and to make single cuvées from their best plots. With nearly 1000 acres of vineyards, they are now one of the most modern and progressive co-ops in the Southern Rhône, with a focus on sustainable agriculture, low yields and small batch vinification. Believing in as little intervention as possible, they do not add external yeast, sugar or any enzymes in their production process, nor do they refine or filter their wines. This wine takes its name from the fact that the grapes were sourced from both the left and right banks of the Rhône.

Aromas of damp leaves, red fruits and floral hints introduced flavours of red currant and blackberry, astringent tannins and earth notes provided a sturdy backbone, whilst white peppercorn and dark chocolate notes comprised the moderate finish. Simple and rustic, this is a cheerful companion to a wide variety of dishes. [And a fantastic value!]

Winemaker’s blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault
Côtes du Rhône
France
Mis en Bouteille a la Propriété by Les Vignerons D’Estézargues [Estate Bottled]
14.5% Alcohol
$8
Enjoy now thru 2016

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