Rhone Red

A charming, affordable, everyday red from the Côtes du Rhône appellation.

Côtes du Rhône is not only one of the largest appellations in all of France (second only to Bordeaux which has more hectares planted with vines), it is also one of the oldest. The ancient Romans were the first people to cultivate the land for grape vines here. Steeped in history and tradition, wines from the Rhone Valley are of superb quality and are sought out around the world.

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One of the reasons for the increased demand for wines from this region is that fact that it has some of the best wine bargains. Meant to be drunk young rather than aged, these wines won’t break the bank and have an appealing character.

Never brash or showy, “CDR” is not meant to dominate a friendly meal, but to enhance it, not to be the subject of conversation, but to encourage a chat, not a special occasion wine, but a wine that makes any occasion special. These wines are fruit-driven but also subtle and sensual. They are the anti-Cabernet, never ponderous or overly complicated.

~ Steven Kolpan, Salon

An impressive southern Rhône red from BRUNEL DE LA GARDINE is a blend of Grenache (65%),  Mourvedre (25%) and Syrah (10% ). This medium–bodied wine with dense, dark fruit has earthy, peppery, garrigue (wild herbs and brush) notes mixed with leather and dark cocoa.

The 52 hectare vineyard of Château de la Gardine has a terroir of gravel, loam, limestone, and pebble soil. The oldest vines were planted in 1925.

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Brunel is known for their distinctive and weighty bottle. In 1962, as Gaston Brunel was digging to expand his cellar, he unearthed an unusual mouth-blown bottle. Enamoured by its shape, he decided to adopt the bottle style for his entire wine production. However it wasn’t until 1964 before he found an Italian glass master who could reproduce that exact elegant shape.

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Decanting, even for a short time, is recommended. Côtes du Rhône wines make great food matches. They easily pair with a wide variety of foods but especially with informal dishes from the oven or the grill: red or white meat, grilled fish, pasta, pizza (especially pizza); a wide variety of soft and hard cheeses.

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Try a classic rustic French dish: Daube de canard aux pruneaux et à l’orange et sa polenta parfumée à la mimolette (Duck stew with prunes and orange and scented polenta mimolette). Recipe here.

BRUNEL DE LA GARDINE – CÔTES DU RHÔNE : In BC here

Château de la Gardine: Website; Twitter; Facebook; Instagram; Google Plus; Pinterest

Cotes du Rhone: The Perfect Pizza Wine, The Anti-Cabernet, Salon.

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