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Famille Valery

Famille Valery
2015 Chateau Le Thou, Languedoc Rouge

Pair this wine with:
Game Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$22.99

Famille Valery
2015 Chateau Le Thou, Languedoc Rouge

Pair this wine with:
Game Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Black ruby color. Aromas of black fig, tomato leaf, strawberry, rosemary, and charred nuts with a lightly tannic, crisp, bone-dry medium-full body and a medium-length well-steeped black tea and chocolate studded cookies finish with leafy tannins and no oak flavor. A rustic red for similar fare.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity
Aroma Aroma: black fig, tomato leaf, strawberry, rosemary, and charred nuts
Taste Flavor: well-steeped black tea and chocolate studded cookies
Sweetness Sweetness: Bone-Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Rabbit Cassoulet, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rustic red for similar fare.

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Rhone Red Varietal Blend

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
A Rhone varietal blend can be made up from any number of varieties found in France's Rhone Valley. This can be either white or red (some red Rhone blends even contain a small percentage of white grapes) and can be a true Rhone wine or one made in another country, such as the US or Australia.

While most red Rhone blends contain four or five varieties, such as Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache, one famous Rhone blend, Châteauneuf-du-Pape can contain as many as thirteen different varieties! White Rhone blends contain varieties such as Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne.

Producers in several regions of California, such as Paso Robles, Santa Barbara and Sonoma Counties produce excellent Rhone blends (especially white blends in Santa Barbara), while New York State, Washington State and Virginia are also home to vintners that make Rhone blends.

Pair red Rhone blends with spicy, hearty foods such as game and roasts, while the white tend to work best with sushi/sashimi and fusion cuisine.