Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge 2011 - Laurus


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A delicious entry level Côtes du Rhône red with subtle aromas of ripe berries, cherry and plum. The well-integrated tannins and the slightly smoky finish are very elegant. A very nice discovery here, rated 90 by The Wine Spectator! Highly recommended by Your Sommelier given its value for money.
 
Wine CharacteristicsTasting and cellaring
DomainMaison Gabriel MeffreEyeCherry-red colour
Vintage2011Nose Fresh red fruit, cherry and pomegranate
AppellationCôtes du RhôneMouthA crisp, gourmet and structured wine with delicate tannin
AreaRhône ValleyDrink fromNow
ColourRedDrink before2018
GrapesGrenache, Syrah, MourvedreOpen 30 minutes before
TypeDryDrinking temperature16-17°C
    
    
Food pairing
This Côtes du Rhône Villages is a great red for aperitif follow by a simple meal with grilled meat. And why not open it on a guy’s night with football and pizzas!
 
A word about the domain
Laurus is the high-end brand of the winemaker Gabriel Meffre, a “Negoce” house created in 1936. From a small family business at the beginning, it has become a well-established house, producing great and very consistent wines either from its own domains or its “negoce” activity. For Laurus, the house is selecting only the best grapes from their partners and is taking a very important part in the management of the vineyards to ensure the highest quality. Winemaking is then made according to the house “savoir-faire” and many critics have been praising their wines as great example of the Rhône Valleys appellations.
 
What experts say
About the domain
Bettane & Desseauve: 2* (Good production)

About the wine
Wine Spectator: 90
"This has a pleasant, old-school feel, with roasted bay and cedar notes lining the dark plum and currant fruit. A smoky edge wafts through the fleshy finish."

Award
DWWA 2013: Bronze Medal
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
SoilQuaternary alluvial terraces of the Rhône and stony clay and limestone soils
Age of vines55 years old to over 90 years old for the Grenache vines
Yield34 hl/ha
Maturing15 months in oak barrels
Production34,000 btls
BottledJune 2013
Alcohol15%

 

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Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge 2011 - Laurus

Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge 2011 - Laurus

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