2020 Côtes du Rhône Rouge, Colline, Domaine la Cabotte, Rhône

2020 Côtes du Rhône Rouge, Colline, Domaine la Cabotte, Rhône

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2020 Côtes du Rhône Rouge, Colline, Domaine la Cabotte, Rhône

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This amazing value Côtes du Rhône red is, in true Cabotte form, an incredibly balanced wine. Blueberries, violets and the scent of herbs and lavender rise from the youthful nose. The palate has a lovely juicy appeal. The tannins are present but so smooth – starting firm, but softening like moistened breadcrumbs. It’s brilliantly fresh, and a bitter black cherry note adds definition. Drink 2021-2024.
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Berry Bros. & Rudd BB&R 16 cases £72.00
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About this WINE

Domaine la Cabotte

Domaine la Cabotte

Purchased in 1981 and owned by the Plumet family ever since, the domaine has grown from 10 to 30 hectares of vines planted around the estate, as well as 1.5 hectares in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is certified organic and farmed biodynamically. The mainly limestone and sand soils of the plateau of the Massif d’Uchaux are very poor in nutrients, producing wines of real finesse and elegance in comparison to those from neighbouring appellations.

The Plumet family believes that managing the trees and hedges surrounding the vineyard is essential. This helps regulate water, temper the influence of the winds and promotes biodiversity. The style here is judicious in the use of oak, and some wines are matured in amphorae.

Eric comments that the perfect health of the grapes in 2019 has resulted in highly coloured, generous red wines with smooth fruit. The whites are rounded and saline with excellent tension and beautiful length. We are inclined to agree with him!

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Southern Rhône Blend

Southern Rhône Blend

The vast majority of wines from the Southern Rhône are blends. There are 5 main black varieties, although others are used and the most famous wine of the region, Châteauneuf du Pape, can be made from as many as 13 different varieties. Grenache is the most important grape in the southern Rhône - it contributes alcohol, warmth and gentle juicy fruit and is an ideal base wine in the blend. Plantings of Syrah in the southern Rhône have risen dramatically in the last decade and it is an increasingly important component in blends. It rarely attains the heights that it does in the North but adds colour, backbone, tannins and soft ripe fruit to the blend.

The much-maligned Carignan has been on the retreat recently but is still included in many blends - the best old vines can add colour, body and spicy fruits. Cinsault is also backtracking but, if yields are restricted, can produce moderately well-coloured wines adding pleasant-light fruit to red and rosé blends. Finally, Mourvèdre, a grape from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast, has recently become an increasingly significant component of Southern Rhône blends - it often struggles to ripen fully but can add acidity, ripe spicy berry fruits and hints of tobacco to blends.

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