Full Review

Pierre de Fontval

Pierre de Fontval
2019 Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge

Pair this wine with:
Game Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Côtes du Rhône

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 14%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$15
Best Buy

Pierre de Fontval
2019 Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge

Pair this wine with:
Game Lamb Pork

Category: Rhône Red Côtes du Rhône

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 14%
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of herbs de provence, blueberry-orange muffin with candied lavender, fresh honey butter with cascara, and honeycomb with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish revealing notes of peach-berry pie, tres leches cake, spiced toffee, and pencil shavings with soft, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious and sensuous French red for all occasions.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Old World & Savory
Aroma Aroma: herbs de provence, blueberry-orange muffin with candied lavender, fresh honey butter with cascara, and honeycomb
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of peach-berry pie, tres leche cake, spiced toffee, and pencil shavings
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Venison, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A delicious and sensuous French red for all occasions.

The Producer

Famille Ravoire

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.
89 Costeval 2020 Rosé, Côtes de Provence 13.5% (France) $14.00.
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.
88 Jas Des Vignes 2020 Rosé, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence 12.5% (France) $9.00.
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.
90 Manon 2020 Rosé, Côtes de Provence 12.5% (France) $15.00.
89 Olivier Ravoire 2019 Banderet, Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge 14% (France) $14.00.
90 Olivier Ravoire 2020 Banderet, Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 13.5% (France) $14.00.
90 Olivier Ravoire 2020 Rosé, Côtes-du-Rhone Rosé 13.5% (France) $13.00.
87 Perle de Valensole 2020 Rosé, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence 12.5% (France) $9.00.
91 Pierre de Fontval 2018 Gigondas 14% (France) $36.00.
BR Pierre de Fontval 2019 Rochegude, Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge 15% (France) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Pierre de Fontval 2019 Roaix, Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge 14.5% (France) $15.00.
93 Pierre de Fontval 2019 Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge 14% (France) $15.00.
85 Pierre de Fontval 2019 Vinsobres 14.5% (France) $15.00.
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.
93 Rhone to the Bone 2019 Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge 14% (France) $13.00.
87 Rhone to the Bone 2020 Rosé, Côtes-du-Rhone Rosé 12.5% (France) $13.00.
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.