2016 Domaine de Verquière Côtes-du-Rhône

SKU #1308919 Wine Spectator

 Direct, with rounded plum and cherry fruit flavors, backed by a light red licorice note on the open finish. (JM, Web-2017)

K&L Notes

The Verquière estate has been passed down from father to son for many generations and is now managed by brothers Romain and Thibaut Chamfort. Following age-old traditions and sustainable practices, the estate was recently certified organic. The Côtes-du-Rhône is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, grown on chalky clay soils with loads of large pebbles in the vineyards. Verquière recently returned to us after a long hiatus and we are pleased to have them back.

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By: Jeffrey Markavage | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2018 | Send Email
Extremely pleasant and versatile wine that will go down the hatch fast. Its an absolute bargain that will satisfy any oenophile. I get ripe notes of cranberry, raspberry, baking spices and thyme. Garrigue influenced to say the least. Vibrant acidity and silky smooth tannin's make this wine a necessity for any dinner party.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/24/2018 | Send Email
Another year, another stellar release from fan (and staff!) favorite Domaine de Verquière. For a high quality, versatile, food-friendly red, it’s hard to beat Côtes-du-Rhône in general, and this particular producer, a family operation organically farming in coveted chalky soils, is exceptional for the price. Both sophisticated and crowd-pleasing, it pairs the best of fruity Grenache with just enough peppery Syrah to create a harmonious, expressive workhorse wine that will impress everyone at the table or better yet - party.

By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2018 | Send Email
If you are looking for a totally quaffable, versatile red that will accompany almost any dish, the 2016 Verquière Cotes Du Rhône is your dream made reality. This Grenache and Syrah blend is mostly Grenache, with just enough Syrah to spice things up and add gumption, and all the fruit comes from Certified Organic vineyards. Vignerons Romain and Thibault Chamfort, fourth generation of the estate, continue their family tradition of stewardship with the land, creating superb wines.

By: Cliff Spinola | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2018 | Send Email
One of my favorite go to wines here at K&L! Great expressions of fresh, ripe fruit lend to a succulent, and juicy all around mouth-feel. I could open a bottle of this every day!

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/3/2017 | Send Email
I became an instant fan of this producer and especially the entry-level Rhone offering when I first tasted them, and they just seem to be getting better. The 2016 Cotes du Rhone showcases a greater elegance and brightness as opposed to the richer 2015 vintage. With the high level of Grenache, this wine is exactly the kind of Rhone that I love. Beautiful high tones of red fruit, notes of cherry, spice and cigar box with subtle tannin from the Syrah make this a wine easy to love with tons of different dishes.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2017 | Send Email
Each year this organically farmed property continues to over-deliver on the QPR ratio. The 2016 much like the 2015 has vibrant fresh fruit flavors of red cherry, spicebox and fennel seeds. The '16 is a touch more charming than the 2015 having more lift and fresh acidity. Based on the quality of even this basic Cotes du Rhone, you can expect even more deliciousness from their Villages level releases.

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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