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92-Point, Sub-$13 Côtes du Rhône That Will Blow You Away - 01/26/2018 - Rhone Valley

If you’re on the hunt for a great, everyday house red, you’ll definitely want to take note of the delightful 2015 Yves Cheron "Les Dentelles" Côtes du Rhône. Earning a more-than-solid 92 point score and high praise from Jeb Dunnuck, it counts among one of the best values on our shelves today. 2015 was an all-around terrific vintage, which the "Les Dentelles" expresses beautifully. Red berry fruit is joined by accents of herbs and spice and all on a frame that’s very open and accessible. Beautifully composed from start to finish, it has no hard edges to speak of, making it a perfect candidate to pop and pour. Whether you have a gathering planned or simply want a weeknight red, this 2015 fits the bill perfectly. Once again, the Rhône proves to be a hotbed for some of the best value wines in the market. This is a beauty, you don’t want to pass it up.

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2015 Yves Cheron "Les Dentelles" Côtes du Rhône ($12.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I was blown away by the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Yves Cheron les Dentelles. Made from 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah aged all in cement, its a big, rich, full-bodied beauty thats loaded with notions of kirsch, blackberries, toasted spices and white pepper. Deep, rich, concentrated and impeccably balanced, its the real deal. (JD)" (12/2016)

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 07, 2018

I continue to be surprised by the $15 and under Cotes-du-Rhones from 2015. Expecting rich, sweltering wines, I continue to find them exceptionally balanced with soaring aromatics and bright fruit. The Yves Cheron displays a bright, floral nose with blackberry notes and forward acidity that brightens the fruit on the palate. I was especially pleased that the wine had just a touch of tannic structure to frame everything and bring the wine together. At its price point, this is definitely my favorite Cotes-du-Rhones on the shelf.

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 06, 2018

This is a lot of wine for $12.99. The nose is composed of blackberry coulis and black cherry with a spicy, white pepper and violet note thanks to the Syrah. Dry and full of complexity, this wine has great length. The cement aging leaves it bright and clean with wonderful acidity and great fruit on the palate. A really beautiful wine for everyday drinking.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2018

Delicious aromas of soft, bruised fruit with a violet edge, this wine has great concentration and a lot of flavor without being too heavy. I would consider this wine to have a touch more body than a lot of catch-all Cotes-du-Rhones, which makes it super fun and versatile.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 03, 2018

A boisterous and delightful style to say the least, this Grenache-Syrah blend captures the essence of both the region and the quality of the 2015 vintage. Composed of fruit around Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise and Gigondas, the wine is named for the famous jagged limestone monoliths along the ridge of the Montmirail, the "Dentelles." Packed with flavors of raspberry coulis and peppery spices, the wine is open and inviting, giving you sweet fruit and length. It is a worthy wine of the region which harkens to some of the best that producers like St. Cosme and the Perrin family create.