Boutinot Les Coteaux Cotes du Rhone Villages

France

 

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Immediately impressive this wine reveals its class from the start. The Boutinot 'Les Coteaux', Cotes du Rhone Villages is a typical Cotes Du Rhone with red berry, brambly fruit underpinned by subtle oaky nuances, lovely sweet spice, warm star anise with a touch of cinnamon. The flavours are densely packed, layer upon layer of primary red fruit are refined by smooth oaky subtleties bound up in a finely woven structure. Flattering as these words are, they just don̥t do this wine justice as the nose is so very alluring and attractive that you can̥t wait to taste it!... but you resist because you want more of these lush aromas to wash over you. When you finally take your nose out of the glass and sip and swirl this lovely nectar, the same lusciousness and velvety characters come through on the palate. In the long finish the intensity of the vintage shines as the wine grows̥ in the glass. Les Coteaux is such a well made and together̥ wine. It is made to relish on release but the finely grained tannins are likely to lend longevity so it could be well worth squirrelling some away for a few years. A delicious accompaniment to grilled meats, heart-warming casseroles or a classic shepherd's pie.

Country: France
Region: Rhone
Grapes: Grenache Noir 85%, Syrah 15%
ABV: 13.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2013
Awards: 2013 Vintage: International Wine Challenge 2014 - Silver
2011 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2014 - Silver
2010 Vintage: The Wine Merchant 'Top 50' 2013
2010 Vintage: IWC 2013 - Bronze
2010 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2013 - Silver
2010 Vintage: IWSC 2013 - Bronze
2009 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2012 - Gold
2009 Vintage: IWSC 2012 - Silver
2009 Vintage: China Best Value Wine Awards 2012: Gold Award
2009 Vintage: DWWA 2011 - Silver
2006 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2010 - Gold & Critic's Choice Award

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