***(*) John Livingstone-Learmonth (The Cradle of the Rhône): "(70% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 15% Syrah (all mid-1960s) from clay-limestone soils at Rasteau, destemmed, 15-25 day vinification at 28-30°C, a few pumping overs, cap punching on 1 vat, raised 50% vat, 50% large 40 hl barrel 5 months (reduced from 15 months in early 2010s), unfined, unfiltered, 40-48,000 b). Quite a dark red; the bouquet is gentle, centres on raspberry fruit with a clarity that appeals. The palate also drinks clearly, bears expressive, tremulous fruit, carries detail, a little spark in its delivery. This is a bonny do, very much in the here and now, a w.o.w. Côtes that can go well with a wide variety of dishes. 13.5°. 2026-27. Aug 2021."
88 points James Molesworth (Wine Spectator): "[$23 list] Textbook, with charming tea, sandalwood and raspberry notes carried by dusty structure through a charming finish. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now. (12/15/21)"
Producer notes: "70% Grenache, 30% Syrah. This Côtes du Rhône 2020 is full of fresh, juicy red fruit and a refreshing floral note. Its smoothness, freshness and delicate characteristics offer immediate pleasure."
|Appellation||Côtes du Rhône|
|Varietal||Rhone Blends - Red|
|Blend||70% Grenache, 30% Syrah|