Candied fruit nose, and a sweet dark fruit palate
by Jackson Jr.10485689
For the price, it gets 5 stars. The 2001 I just had surprised me a lot, and I'll be very interested to taste the 2002 and 2003. Don't miss this wine bargain!
Awesome wine a great value
Tried the 2009 vintage. It was decent, and 100% a bargain. Very complex wine with strong flavors of dark berry. I got aromas of pepper and spice. Is slightly acidic- the comment above about letting it sit out for a little while before drinking is a great idea.
If you liked this but want an easier drinker you could try the Domaine de la Buissonne Côtes du Rhône which is similar but with a little less tannin.
Discovered at Stonewood Restaurant
Had this wine at Stonewood Restaurant and was pleasantly surprised by this 06 vintage's complexity. Starting flavor of berries followed slowly by hint of pepper. I immediately loved it.
For the lovers of Rhone Wine
Anyone who like myself loves the taste of Grenache (the majority cépage of red Rhone valley wine) this is a most rewarding wine. It goes well with virtually any red meat or cheese and saussage. We've been drinking it for a decade witnessing its proce go up from 6.99 to 10.99, but that's life....
Best Rhone value
I have had this wine both young and very aged. It was great both ways. The review is right on with the fruit/pepper flavor profile. It's not every day that you find a tasty value wine that has enough complexity and structure to better with age. I want a case.
Great bang for the buck!
At $10 (around $7 if you shop around) this wine delivers a lot of bang for the buck. This is a lovely wine with great fruit flavors (blackberries, currants, etc.) Very light on tannins and a great table wine that won't overwhelm light red meat dishes. It can be slightly acidic so either let it breath or serve lightly chilled.
Best wine under $10
Second bottle did not have the wow factor (considering the cost) as the first, but still very good and worth buying again.
NY Times rated #1 Rhone for under $25
can't beat it for the price
I let it breathe for about an hour and it smoothed out the tannins...a great CdR at a good price...had enough body to be paired with nice cut of Angus...dried-fruit & peppery notes.
Another Pleasant Surprise
Surprisingly good for the price. Bought one at the recommendation of a friend and then two cases for fear that they disappear from the market before long.
Still in the market after I wrote my quick note (above) about a year ago. Good news for now.
This Rhone-blend complements a great variety of foods and has become a family favorite for holiday meals. Lots of fruit and even a bit of density and complexity (great considering the bargain basement price). Proof that you can get a quality wine at a single-digit price.
Return to Orange
Put your bistro table and chair on your patio in the sun near your flowers, drop a plate of charcuterie next to your glass, and your back in the jardin of that little gite in the Luberon. Killer way to have lunch. Can't beat the price for this classic Rhone.
2007 a very good CdR but there are better wines
Whihe I liked the 2007 which offers a spicy nose upfront and good blackberry fruit on the mid-palette, it did integrate after 3 hours into a more harmonious CdR, but there are much better CdRs; however, for the price this is a solid 86-87. (Note: I like to reserve 4 and 5 stars for truely stellar wines).
Just OK CdR
I thought this wine was too soft and lacked the intense fruit flavors of others in this price range.
Expected better in a CdR
I have tried two bottles of the 06 but found them disappointing: not much nose or finish even after breathing. Just not much there; would not buy this one again.