Category Archives: Rhone Valley

2012 Les Courtilles Cotes Du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu

Another more than handy import from Fourth Wave Wines. Half Grenache, half Syrah. Sweet raspberry over plums, tar, herbs and licorice. Spicy. Avoids any overt jaminess and is far from a heavy wine. Good interplay between sweet and savoury characters, … Continue reading

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2011 M&S Ogier D’Ampuis La Rosine Syrah

Established in 1983 with the M&S standing for the father and son team Michel & Stéphane Ogier. Grapes for the La Rosine are sourced from vineyards that lie between the Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu. Vines are about 15 years of age. … Continue reading

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2010 Domaine des Bernardins Muscat de Beaumes de Venise

Went through a bracket of dessert wines recently so I’d best get notes up on them. This is a fortified blend of 75% Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains and 25% of its darker mutation, Muscat à Petits Grains Rouge – … Continue reading

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2010 Les Courtilles Châteauneuf-du-Pape

I’m happy to go on record as saying I have soft spot for CDPs. I’ll drink Rayas and Charvin any day of the week and even the less prestigious (and less expensive) wines hit the spot if they’re well executed. … Continue reading

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2011 Les Courtilles Côtes du Rhône

A blend of 70% Grenache, 27% Syrah with small amounts of Mourvèdre and Carignan in the mix - very much an example of what Australian producers are up against in the value stakes when it comes to imported reds sitting around … Continue reading

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2009 Tardieu Laurent Cotes Du Rhône Cuvée Speciale

Terrific value Cotes Du Rhône, especially as you can grab three bottles of it at $25 a pop if you know where to look. 100% Grenache. It’s a tannic bugger, but satisfyingly so. Red fruits, dark cherry and a suggestion … Continue reading

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