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Rhone Wine Provides Perfect Punch Through Year
FREDRIC KOEPPEL | Special to The Memphis News
Well, not really, because we tried a splendid little French wine with roasted chicken last week, and I’m going to pass the information along to you. And while I try to emphasize from time to time that this column is not necessarily a site for bargain wines – though I try to keep prices under $25 – you can let your holiday-depleted finances take a rest here, because this wine offers great value. It’s a wine to buy by the case and enjoy through the year; it works well with hearty winter cuisine but would be terrific with next summer’s grilled fare.
It’s the Domaine des Rozets 2009, from Coteaux du Tricastin, a region in the southern Rhone Valley east of the Rhone River and directly north of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Avignon. In this red wine area, the Bernard family, producers of Domaine des Rozets, has been cultivating vines since 1794.
Domaine des Rozets 2009 is a blend of 65 percent grenache grapes, 35 percent syrah and 5 percent cinsault; the wine is made all in stainless steel tanks, so what you smell and taste are pure fruit and its attendant characteristics. Striking aromas of black currants, blackberries and plums are woven with notes of briers and brambles, cloves and back-notes of violets and tar, and I mean that in the best sense. With its robust (but not rustic) qualities, its vivid black and blue fruit flavors, its mildly earthy nature and slightly grainy tannins, the wine feels like classic southern Rhone. Widely available.