This 2010 Cotes-du-Rhone was a great vintage year and a value at the same time. It's a traditional blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Carignan fermented separately with indigenous yeasts. They do a long and slow maceration of about 30 days with 70% aged in tank and 30% in large oak foudres* followed by a light filtration before bottling unfined for 3-6 months.
It has deep ruby colors while the expressive nose shows a dark red fruit, some strawberry, chocolate, and especially prune.
On the palate hints of plum, dark chocolate, cherry, and white pepper with dusty spices, you'll also find dried flowers, cedar, and tobacco with supple tannins and a good finish.Pairs well with meats, pizza, barbecue, pasta, burgers and cheese.
*Foudre: A large oak or chestnut cask used for aging wine (mostly in Provence and Alsace), with a capacity between 150 and 350 hectoliters (3,960 to 9,240 gallons).