Saturday, January 29, 2011

Austin Wine Merchant Tasting - Côtes-du-Rhône

Today the Austin Wine Merchant hosted a tasting of "Diverses Vins Du Rhône Sud" (Various Wines of the Southern Rhône). The tasting included one white and three reds.

M. Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2009, France - $11.99
This wine is a blend of white Grenache, Clairette and Bourboulenc. It smelled and tasted of apples, and was quite dry.

M. Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge 2008, France - $11.99
This red wine is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah.

Aroma - bright cherries
Taste - bright cherries, dry, no tannins

This is a very light wine - it's probably very food friendly. I would probably purchase it during the summer.

Perrin et Fils Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages 2009, France - $9.99 on sale
This red wine is a blend of 50% Grenache and Syrah.

Aroma - black cherries
Taste - black cherries, soft tannins, dry finish, grounded

This wine certainly had more body than the last, perhaps because of its higher percentage of Syrah, and perhaps because of the winemaking style. It's a nice wine and a good value, especially on sale at $9.99.

le Clos du Caillou Vieilles Vignes Côtes-du-Rhône 2008, France - $19.99
This red wine by Pouizin-Vacheron is a blend of 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 5% Mourvèdre and Carignan.

Aroma - dark fruit
Taste - dark fruit, wood, spice (cloves?), strong tannins

This was a nice, well-rounded wine, and I would definitely purchase it! See my updated tasting notes here.

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