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Côtes du Rhône South (France)

Côtes du Rhône is a wine region in the French Rhône Valley.

In the South, the main grape is Grenache.

The area is famous for its GSM wines: A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre.

Typical Flavors


Black Cherry
Black
Cherry
Blueberry
Blueberry
Blackberry
Blackberry
Plum
Plum

Licorice
Licorice
Spices
Spices
Pepper
Pepper
Anise
Anise

Oak Added Flavors:

Vanilla
Vanilla
Toast
Toast
Smoke
Smoke
Leather
Leather

Dark Berries and Plum are typical Côtes du Rhône flavors.

Peppery Spices and Licorice or Anise in the finish.

Profile

Côtes du Rhône wines are generally medium bodied with rich but smooth tannins:

BODYMedium Plus
TANNINSMedium Plus
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
15-16°C (59-61°F)

Food Pairing


Antipasti
Tapas
Salami
Salami
Ham
Ham
Pizza
Rich
Pizza

Soups
Cassoulets
Chicken
Chicken
Duck
Duck
Rabbit
Rabbit

Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal
Deer
Game

Côtes du Rhône wines should be paired with rich flavors.

They pair perfectly with rich Stews, Cassoulets and Marinated Asian.

They also love BBQ and Grilled Meat (Veal. Pork. Chicken. Game).

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Tapas. Cured Meat.
Pizza. Hamburger.
Stews. Cassoulets. Goulash.
Sausages. Pepper Sauce.
Asian Marinated Dishes.
Lamb. Lamb Shanks.
Game in Cherry Sauce.
Roast. BBQ. Pork. Rabbit. Game.
Poultry. Rich Chicken. Turkey.
Duck. Roasted Duck with Plum.

Cheese:
Manchego. Cheddar. Gouda (Smoked). Pecorino. Asiago.

If You Like Côtes du Rhône

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Chianti (Italy)
Dolcetto (Italy)
Frappato (Italy)
Garnacha (Spain)
GSM Wines (France)
Rioja Crianza (Spain)
Teroldego (Italy)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

Côtes du Rhône

Côtes du Rhône is an AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) wine region in the Rhône Valley of France. There are two main regions:

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Côtes du Rhône North

In the North, the main grape is Syrah.

The grapes grows on very steep slopes, and are manually picked in hillside trolleys, wich adds to the price.

Côtes du Rhône South

In the South, the main grape is Grenache.

The area is famous for its GSM wines: A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre.


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