2008 Étoile du Rhône (Stéphane Vedeau) Côtes du Rhône

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Étoile du Rhône was created by three friends who share a passion for wines of the Rhône Valley. Stephen Cronk, Tom Warner and winemaker Stéphane Vedeau. This 2008 Côtes du Rhône is composed of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre. The grapes come from around the village of Courthézon, where the soil is composed mainly of large pebbles. Each varietal is vinified and matured separately in traditional concrete vats for at least 8 months. The wine is matured in traditional concrete vats for at least 8 months. Loads of crushed red berry fruits, light spice, fine tannins and a lively acidity make for a serious overachieving Côtes du Rhône. Enjoy now and over the next several years with all manner of Mediterranean-inspired fare! 14.5% abv.

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By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2011 | Send Email
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Produced from 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10 Mourvèdre grown near the village of Courthézon, this Gem offers tons of spicy boysenberry fruit on the nose that carries over to its fresh, bright, refreshing mouth impression, with excellent structure and balance and a long, warm finish. This Gem will be one of our house reds for the month according to Anderson. 14.5% ABV. (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2011 to 2015

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/28/2010 | Send Email
Another party red. Dark and red fruits with just the right amount of earth an spice. Don't let the vintage chase you away, this is scary good for the money.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/27/2010 | Send Email
I've recommended the 'Étoile' to many customers in search of a sensibly-priced, smoothly-satisfying Côtes du Rhône, a wine they could bring to a friend's house for dinner and arrive guilt-free for not dropping a Ulysses S. Sensible is the operative word here, as this wine is crafted for immediate pleasure and harmonious appeal without extravagance, and given that we offer it for around eleven bucks, a stellar steal. A winter stew of lentils and pork will shine with this generous yet humble wine.
Top Value!

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/6/2010 | Send Email
The Etoile is simple well made wine, which would be just perfect for dressing up the dinner a bit! Easy, juicy, with structure and just pleasurable.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/11/2010 | Send Email
A steal of a deal while it lasts. Everyone is already looking forward to '09 but this '08 from Vedeau is fantastic - mouth-filling fruit, peppery spices, and a long finish make for a top-notch bistro-style wine at a friendly price. This should move quickly once people try it.

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5