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La Loyane

La Loyane
2018 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Côtes du Rhône

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: <1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18.99

La Loyane
2018 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Côtes du Rhône

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: <1%
Ruby garnet color. Inviting aromas of cranberry cooler, black cassis, sliced strawberries, lemon tea cakes, and smoked tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length graphite and rose hips finish with light oak flavor. An instantly appealing Côtes du Rhone with big fruit notes and satisfyingly chewy style.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Old World
Aroma Aroma: cranberry cooler, black cassis, sliced strawberries, lemon tea cakes, and smoked tea
Taste Flavor: graphite and rose hips
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An instantly appealing Cotes du Rhone with big fruit notes and satisfyingly chewy style.

The Importer

Elixir Wine Group

The Importer
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Bend, OR 97703
USA
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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.