Full Review

La Poulardière

La Poulardière
2018 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Côtes du Rhône

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 14%
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$14

La Poulardière
2018 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Côtes du Rhône

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 14%
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherries, raspberry candy, kirsch, and black toast with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a polished, medium-length finish with chewy tannins. A juicy Cotes du Rhone for a meat and cheese plate.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: dried cherries, raspberry candy, kirsch, and black toast
Taste Flavor: dried cherries, raspberry candy, kirsch, and black toast
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Charcuterie, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A juicy Cotes du Rhone for a meat and cheese plate.

The Producer

Ravoire & Fils

The Producer
340 Rue du Rémoulaire
Salon de Provence, 13653
France
33 -490737341

Their Portfolio

85 Chantrose 2018 Rosé, Côtes de Provence 12.5% (France) $19.99.
87 Costeval 2019 Rosé, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence 12.5% (France) $14.99.
88 Domaine Bois de la Neuve 2017 Rose, Coteaux Varois en Provence 13% (France) $13.99.
89 Domaine Bois de la Neuve 2018 Rosé, Coteaux Varois en Provence 13.5% (France) $13.99.
89 Domaine Bois de la Neuve 2019 Rosé, Coteaux Varois de Provence 12.5% (France) $14.99.
85 Domaine Bolchet 2016 Costières de Nimes 13% (France) $11.99.
87 Ferme des Brusc 2019 Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Rouge 13% (France) $15.00.
88 Jardin des Nautes 2019 Côtes du Luberon Rouge 13.5% (France) $13.00.
88 Jas Des Vignes 2017 Rose, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence 13% (France) $10.99.
86 Jas Des Vignes 2018 Rose, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence 13% (France) $10.99.
91 Jas Des Vignes 2019 Rosé, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence 12.5% (France) $12.99.
86 Jas du Lauzon 2019 Côtes du Luberon Rouge 13.5% (France) $12.00.
BR La Poulardière 2018 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge 14% (France) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Manon 2018 Rose, Côtes de Provence 12.5% (France) $18.99.
88 Manon 2019 Rosé, Côtes de Provence 12.5% (France) $15.99.
91 Pierre de Fontval 2018 Gigondas 14% (France) $36.00.
88 Rhone to the Bone 2019 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 13% (France) $14.00.
89 Rhone to the Bone 2018 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge 14% (France) $14.00.
90 Rhône to the Bone 2015 Red , Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge 14% (France) $14.99.
BR Rhône to the Bone 2016 White, Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 13.5% (France) $14.99. - Bronze Medal
85 Rhône to the Bone 2016 Red, Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge 14% (France) $15.99.
88 Rhône to the Bone 2017 White, Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 13% (France) $14.99.
86 Rhône to the Bone 2017 Côtes-du-Rhone Rosé 13.5% (France) $13.99.
87 Rhône to the Bone 2017 Red Blend, Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge 14% (France) $14.99.
89 Rhône to the Bone 2018 White Blend, Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 13% (France) $14.99.
90 Rhône to the Bone 2019 Rosé, Côtes-du-Rhone Rosé 12.5% (France) $14.99.

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.