Boutinot ‘Les Coteaux’ Côtes du Rhône Villages, France 2019

£11.65

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Described by one of our customers as “a hug in a glass”, exceptional value for money, this is one of the best examples of Côtes du Rhône that we have tasted.

The Côtes du Rhône appellation was awarded AOC status – a classification denoting quality and authenticity – in 1937, just two years after the AOC system was set up. The sheer speed with which accreditation was granted shows how good the wines must be. Strict production criteria make sure standards are met and ensures that each wine reflects the intrinsic qualities of its terroir.

This Côtes du Rhône Villages seriously punches above its weight! A selection of the best Grenache and Syrah from some of the 17 named Côtes du Rhône Villages are then enriched with barrels of ‘classified’ named village wine from Cairanne, Sablet and Séguret. Mostly unoaked, a small proportion is part aged for 22 months in a few new but mostly older oak barrels to bring depth and subtle notes of complexity.

Immediately impressive, this wine reveals its class from the start. Brambly fruit underpinned by subtle oaky nuances, lovely sweet spice – warm star anise with a touch of cinnamon on the finish.

A delicious accompaniment to grilled meats, casseroles or a classic shepherd’s pie.

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