Producer: Vignobles Mayard, F/R Rhone Selection
Region: Rhone Valley
Winemaker: Françoise Roumieux-Mayard
Terroir: From the sand and limestone soils of the southern Rhône valley.
Winemaking: Fruit selected by winemaker, Françoise, these grapes represent the finest parcels throughout the Southern Rhône, spending 20 months in a combination of barrels and vats before bottling.
Appellation: Cotes du Rhone
Grape Variety: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
Production: 3000 cases
The Côtes-du-Rhône red blends have become a staple of any good wine list in restaurants throughout America. The Rhône wines can vary greatly depending on the blend. This blend happens to be a classic blend with 60% Grenache, Syrah (20%), and Mourvèdre (20%), which helps achieve a balanced style. A Côtes-du-Rhône tends to be one of the first gate-way wines for American wine drinkers exploring old-world regions for several reasons; they represent a great value, they tend to have a strong presence of fruit combined with a savory old-world feel, and they are very versatile on the dinner table with most foods. Think of the Côtes-du-Rhône as the catchy new single that grabs your attention immediately while the Châteauneuf-du-Papes are the intriguing deep-cuts that need a couple of listens before you realize their greatness and become your new favorite.
Good with most dishes from roasted chicken and beef, to Indian food or BBQ.
Grenache: With thick skin and tight clusters, it is perfect for the hot, dry, sand and stone soils of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Expect flavors of cherry, cassis, white pepper and fresh herbs.
Syrah: Syrah produces deeply colored and concentrated red wines from small dark berries. Because of the high level of tannins and acidity, this grape has the ability to age and evolve for long periods of time.
Mourvèdre: This grape adds tannin and an earthy power to the wine. Expect some savory flavors of meat, olives, and grilled herbs balanced by wild berry fruits like black currant.