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2010 J.L. Chave Selection Cotes du Rhone Mon Coeur
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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May 2012

(made from fruit grown in Vinsobres, Cairanne and Rasteau):  Deep ruby.  Pungent, spice-accented aromas of black and blue fruits, olive and cola, with a sexy floral quality gaining strength with air.  At once deep and lively, with powerful blueberry and bitter cherry flavors given spine and lift by smoky minerality.  Closes with excellent clarity and length, leaving notes of violet and berry preserves behind.  This wine always punches well above its weight; Jean-Louis Chave told me he buys fruit "only from great appellations." 

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About the Cotes du Rhone

The entire Rhone Valley is frequently referred to as the Cotes du Rhone, but this is also the name of the generic appellation that covers more than 100 communes in the region north of Avignon. The primary varieties cultivated here are Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan. Wines simply labeled Cotes du Rhone may rank at the bottom of the hierarchy...

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