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Domaine La Loyane

Domaine La Loyane
2017 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge

Pair this wine with:
Pork

Category: Rhône Red Côtes du Rhône

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$16
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Domaine La Loyane
2017 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge

Pair this wine with:
Pork

Category: Rhône Red Côtes du Rhône

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso beans, dried dark berries and apricots, and banana creme brulee with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, engaging, medium-length finish conveying notes of cherry-tangerine relish and praline with well-integrated, crunchy, fine, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. For lovers of the Old World style, this Cotes du Rhone provides a hint of Mediterranean garrigue alongside its refined and restrained fruit profile, with a dusty, drying finish.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Old World
Aroma Aroma: chocolate espresso beans, dried dark berries and apricots, and banana creme brulee
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of cherry-tangerine relish and praline
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Fruit Stuffed Roasted Pork, Duck Reuben Sandwich, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: For lovers of the Old World style, this Cotes du Rhone provides a hint of Mediterranean garrigue alongside its refined and restrained fruit profile, with a dusty, drying finish.

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Rhone Red Cotes du Rhone

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Côtes-du-Rhône is produced in red and white versions; the red being far more popular and better known. These are blends of several grapes, most often Grenache and Syrah with other varieties including Mourvedre and Carignan. Medium-bodied, they have red cherry and berry fruit, slight spice and woodsy flavors, good acidity and moderate tannins. These are made in a style to be consumed from three to seven years. although a few of the best can drink well for a decade.

Much like their red siblings, Côtes-du-Rhône whites are a great value, with many wines at or under $20 to be found. They must be made from at least 80% of the allowed Rhone white grapes: Clairette, Grenache blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, and Viognier and make ideal summer quaffers.

White wines from this area can vary enormously in quality and typicity from thin and watery to juicy and ripe. The best producers, however, will make wines that are rich and ripe. Côtes-du-Rhône is almost always drinkable upon release and requires no further cellaring.